World Book Day: What was your favourite book as a child?

By Reina Fujimoto @rain_nah and Cristiana Frunza @CristianaFrunza

Children all over Sheffield are dressing up for World Book Day.

It’s been 19 years since UNESCO set up this event to encourage children to explore the world of literature.

To celebrate this day, Sheffield City Council looked at the most borrowed books of now and 30 years ago.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series dominated the ranking last year; the books were the top three, fifth, and seventh most borrowed.

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In 1984/85, the most borrowed book was Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Shirley Hughes, Dick Bruna, and Roald Dahl were also popular that year, with each of them authoring two books in the top ten.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, who is a cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: “I hope children enjoy celebrating World Book Day by seeing what’s going on their local library and discovering all the wonderful books available to them.”

“Many of the titles popular 30 years ago are still favourites today and this year’s Summer Reading Challenge will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters. I’m sure today’s top choices will also stand the test of time and become family favourites too.”



The city council has organised a van to drive around the city and organise events for children and toddlers.

Councillor Richards adds: “The libraries in Sheffield offer a huge amount for their communities, including story time sessions and baby and toddler groups. Pop down and see what’s on offer.”

Shef News went to the city centre to ask what everyone’s favourite books were when they were kids.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – It’s a great story, I loved it!” Katherine, 33



The Last Kingdom – I just like the way it’s written. I find it really hard to engage in a book, but this one really captured me!” Liam, 26


Millions – I liked it because it kind of sent a message: to not give up on your dreams!” Bethany, 20


The Very Hungry Caterpillar – It’s the kind of book you read when you go to bed, so that’s why I liked it!” Sam, 22


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) – I just liked it as a child because it’s about a big, friendly giant so I thought it was interesting!” Gemma, 28




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