Nothing can beat a good book as it can take us to places we have never been, take us on an adventure, and help us relive a time gone by.
Books can help stimulate conversations across generations and they bring people of all walks of life together to discuss what they’ve read.
There are countless books out there; from non-fiction and fiction novels to children’s books and resource publications covering very specialist topics like insoles for shoes.
Reading a book is highly recommended as it can help to reduce stress and increase mental stimulation.
The Reading Agency, an organisation that promotes reading to help people live a better life, told us how reading can benefit everyone: “At The Reading Agency, we know that reading can tackle life’s big challenges of loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, and social mobility. 19% of readers say that reading stops them from feeling lonely. This is backed up by a study analysing social connectedness which found that reading books significantly reduces feelings of loneliness for people aged 18-64. Participation in shared reading groups is also linked to enhanced relaxation, calmness, concentration, quality of life, confidence and self-esteem, as well as feelings of shared community and common purpose.”
With World Book Day just around the corner, we take a look some great books that are on offer and the best books for reading with grandchildren.
What is World Book Day?
Before we begin our list of books, let’s take a quick look at what World Book Day is.
The scheme celebrates authors, illustrators, books and, of course, reading. It has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is celebrated in more than 100 countries across the world. World Book Day is a charity that provides book tokens for Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools in the UK.
In 2021 World Book Day is on 4th March and people of all ages will come together to appreciate reading!
Recommended books for World Book Day
For busy people
For people that don’t get much time to read a book due to family or work commitments, there are lots of ‘quick read’ books.
The Reading Agency, adds: “For busy people, or people who might not have read for a while we recommend Quick Reads. Short and engaging books written by well-known authors that are distributed across the country. They’re available in libraries, and bookshops, so give them a read, and let us know what you think.”
Here are some popular quick read books you could read this World Book Day:
- The Great Cornish Getaway
- Clean Break
- Six Foot Six
For people looking for health resources
If you’re suffering from a health condition and want to read up about the newest compression socks on the market or are just interested in health and wellbeing, then there are plenty of resources you can pick up.
The Reading Agency said: “For people looking for health information, we recommend Reading Well. The scheme helps you understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. We have booklists on mental health, long term conditions, and dementia; all of which are available from your local library.”
Check out some popular mood-boosting and health-related books below:
- Three Things About Elsie
- The Sun and Her Flowers
- Notes on a Nervous Planet
- An Introduction to Coping with Grief
For crime buffs
There’s nothing better than a gripping crime fiction novel or non-fiction volume to keep you up late into the night.
So, if you want to chase chilling serial killers or are after a gentle detective story, there are lots of options out there.
LoveReading is the UK’s leading book recommendation website. Their mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all by offering the tools, advice and information needed to help their members and browsers to find their next favourite book and they recommend you read a crime or mystery novel.
Deborah Maclaren, the Managing Director at LoveReading, says: “If you’re a crime buff, enter the criminal underworld and solve a complex case all from the comfort of your favourite reading nook. Have a look at our Crime/Mystery selection to get your hands on the latest and greatest case and get mystery solving. Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood is a ‘sharp, dramatic tale’ and you are warned to ‘prepare the edge of your seat’ as you may be spending some time there.”
Here are some other popular crime books:
- Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
- The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths
- The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier
- Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
For fiction lovers
There are lots of fiction books you should read this World Book Day, from psychological thrillers with twists and turns to fantasy novels.
Gransnet, the busiest social networking site for over-50s, tells us about some popular fiction books you should add to your reading list.
“We know from the very successful Gransnet book club, that people like to read a whole range of fiction. The books that have gone down particularly well with our users are hugely varied, though what they have in common is a great story and brilliant writing. Historical novels such as ‘Blackberry and Wild Rose’ or ‘Burial Rites’, books set in WW2 like ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ and ‘Crooked Heart;’ present-day ones along the lines of ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’, ‘The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder’, and ‘The Cactus’. All of these have been greatly enjoyed, along with many more.
“We love the fact that we are able to introduce readers to books and authors they might otherwise have missed out on, and the feedback we get confirms that a recommendation can be a very good thing, and it's not always possible to judge a book by its cover.”
You can find a list of all the Gransnet book club picks here.
Here are some of the top fiction books:
- Blackberry and Wild Rose
- Burial Rites
- Dear Mrs Bird
- Crooked Heart
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder
- The Cactus
- The Testaments
- The Strawberry Thief
From contemporary romance to more historical reads, there are lots of romantic fiction books you can curl up on the sofa with.
LoveReading recommends reading The Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney: “The normal, the extraordinary, the highest ups and very deepest downs, this absolutely gorgeous book is about life, in all of its wonderful charming, heart-breaking glory.”
Here are some other romantic novels you should look to read to celebrate World Book Day:
- Wuthering Heights
- The Light We Lost
- The Bronze Horseman
- The Kiss Quotient
- The Other Miss Bridgerton
Books grandparents could buy their grandchildren
There aren’t many greater feelings than reading a book to your grandchildren or listening to your grandchild read to you. Buying a book for your grandchild is a great way to encourage them to read and here we’ve listed some of the best books you can purchase.
Gransnet shared some of the books they would recommend: “Obviously, what to buy depends on the age of the child, but we know that many people have enjoyed sharing classics from their own children's childhoods - or even their own. In terms of picture books for little ones, humour goes down well. We love books like Oi Frog! as well as the Emily Brown books and anything by Julia Donaldson, as well as the ever-popular The Tiger Who Came To Tea. For older children, Jacqueline Wilson continues to be a huge favourite. Books by celebrities such as David Walliams, David Baddiel and Julian Clary have become huge bestsellers, but there are also many other series and books that will have lasting appeal.”
Deborah Maclaren from LoveReading recommends the LoveReading4Kids site. She says: “No matter what the occasion, whatever the age, whatever their reading capabilities, or their latest craze, they have a perfect book recommendation for the little loved one in your life. Their team of Editorial Experts curate a selection of books for children every month which are read and reviewed for your pleasure; they only feature books they’ve enjoyed so much that they want to share them with others.
“If you’d like to peruse some suggestions, look at their Books of the Month, or have a search by age range or genre. There really is something for everyone.”
Here are some recommended reads for children:
- Spooks and Scooters
- Marge in Charge
- Cats and Curses
- There’s a Tiger in the Garden
- Peep Inside a Fairy Tale: Little Red Riding Hood
- The Busy Beaver
- Tiger in a Tutu
We hope you enjoy World Book Day!