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Reading for Pleasure

Selected resources from the University of Birmingham Library collection to help develop a lifelong love of reading.

About World Book Day

World Book Day was launched in 1998 and takes place in the UK and Ireland on the first Thursday in March each year and is aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and literacy development amongst children. It is allied to UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day which was established in 1995 takes place on 23 April each year


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Books That Made Me

In this 18 minute video hear one member of the Academic and Digital Skills Team talk about her introduction to reading and some of the books that 'made her'.



Books featured in the video:


Other books mentioned in the video:

  • Enid Blyton - The Famous Five, The Secret Seven
  • Zane Grey - Riders Of The Purple Sage
  • Mary Norton -  The Borrowers series
  • P.L. Travers - Mary Poppins series
  • Michael Bond - Paddington series
  • Jane Austen - Persuasion, Pride And Prejudice, Sense And Sensibility
  • Jo Baker - Longbourn
  • P.D. James - Death Comes To Pemberley
  • Harper Lee - To Set A Watchman
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