World Book Day 2016
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World Book Day 2016

World Book Day, March 3rd, was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. Now in its 19th year, World Book Day encourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and provides them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

At Fields in Trust we share similar values about encouraging children and young people to explore the pleasures of the natural world – our core work of protecting outdoor playing fields parks and recreation grounds aims to secure green space so that future generations will always have somewhere to play. We asked Fields in Trust staff to think about their favourite books which relate to our work and demonstrate the importance of protecting and securing outdoor recreational space.

For World Book Day 2016 we have come up with 16 suggestions of books that you should take to the park and enjoy reading outdoors. The list is reproduced below and available as a downloadable PDF.

Which titles would you add? Join in the conversation on Social Media via Facebook  or Twitter. #WorldBookDay.

Boy on swing reading a book

  1. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury. A classic. Great child-centred celebration of exploring outdoors
  2. The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono. A touching allegorical tale of protecting and improving the natural environment.
  3. Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. Exploring how children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, and what we can do about it.
  4. Percy the Park Keeper Nick Butterworth. Delightful children’s series about this exemplary park maintenance professional and groundsman!
  5. Watership Down, Richard Adams An idyllic rural landscape, home to a special band of rabbits, is threatened by development and the certain destruction of the community.
  6. The Wild Places, Robert MacFarlane. Searching for the wildness that remains in Britain and Ireland.
  7. Small Holdings Nicola Baker. Novel about a local council privatising its suburban park, and the employees, who love the place, bidding for a contract to maintain it.
  8. Shoeless Joe, WP Kinsella. The book that inspired the film “Field Of Dreams”
  9. You'll Win Nothing With Kids: Fathers, Sons and Football, Jim White, How the author created a strong bond with his son by coaching his park football team. 
  10. Played in London, Simon Inglis. Charting the heritage of a city at play; Fields in Trust (NPFA) are actually referenced in this book.
  11. Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith. A compelling tale of Fell-Running and obsession.
  12. Topsy and Tim Go to the Park, Jean Adamson. In this edition of the classic children’s series Topsy and Tim discover there's lots to do at their local park.
  13. Park Notes, Sarah Pickstone. Beautifully crafted ruminations on Regent's Park
  14. Journeys in the Wilderness, John Muir. A collection of essays from this Scottish born environmentalist and early proponent of American National Parks.
  15. Peppa Pig: Sports Day, Neville Astley, Mark Baker. Peppa and George aren’t winning any prizes at school Sports Day but there’s one more event to go, the boys versus girls tug of war!
  16. Park Life, Emmanuelle Smith, Cally Lathey. A beautiful tribute with cultural references as diverse as Blur and Dylan Thomas, and a love poem to south London’s Brockwell Park.

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