Happy World Book Day!

still life photography, vintage books and floral teacup, for world book day

I have to confess at being a little confused by World Book Day.

My own daughter has long since left school and I don’t think World Book Day was a thing when she was still in school, or if it was a thing it was all about books. And here’s where my confusion comes in, my social media feeds today are full of posts about World Book Day and they fall into two categories. Pictures of kids in fancy dress or posts by parents stressed about fancy dress outfits.

No books.

And yes I do completely understand that they are dressed as characters from books. But shouldn’t it be about the books? About actually reading books? About the magic of getting lost in a great story? Or perhaps that is what it’s all about but that part doesn’t reach social media? One thing I know for sure though, if I was a parent of a school age child I would much rather spend my money buying books for World Book Day than dressing up clothes!

There’s hardly a day goes by where I don’t find some time to read a book, I’ve a bookcase overflowing with books I’ve yet to read and then there are the photography books, cookery books and other books that I like to pick up and browse for inspiration.

And of course there are the books that I own purely to photograph. I can’t really imagine a world without books.

Happy World Book Day! I do hope you manage to find a little time to read today.


{Photo taken with Helios 44-2 vintage lens as part of my Year With Unconventional Lenses}



  • Joanie

    Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! READ! Forget about costumes for the kids. Take them to the library or the bookstore! Let them learn to love books; let them discover the joy of getting lost in a story; let them travel to far-off worlds found only in books and imaginations; let them develop said imagination. Reading is the second greatest gift you can give a child (the first being unconditional love). Books will always be their passport to wonder and dreams.

    World Book Day rocks! (And so does your blog )

    • Janet Broughton

      I still remember the joy of getting lost in Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree stories more than 40 years ago and as a child I would rather have read a book than dressed up as a book character, as a parent I would much rather avoid the stress and pressure of having to dress my child in a fantastic costume! Thanks for your lovely words.

  • Sylvia D.

    Janet, I am with out you. World Book Day should be about books. The bound paper kind. I do have a few books that I have picked for my photography. I have many computer books as that is my training. I expect they are outdated now but they are heavy and serve well as weights on paper projects. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Sylvia, it’s good to know I’m not alone!