I planned an amazing evening, with book trailers on the electronic whiteboard, displays of literacy stuff & brilliant books, tea & cake, and a kick-ass speech...to which 1 parent, no governors, and 15 teachers turned up...it has not put me off though! The number of teachers that said they'd wanted to come, and that have told me since how much they enjoyed the book, made me think that this year I'll just do it for staff because, honestly, teachers are just as likely to be reluctant readers as other members of the public.
They're doing it slightly differently this time round, firstly it is being held on April 23rd (Shakespeare's birthday, and the international World Book Day - the UK does it in March so as not to clash with schools' Easter Holidays). Secondly, they're letting The Public create the list by gathering everyone's Top 10 books.
I thought long and hard about what to choose as mine, trying to think of things that should have wide appeal, and here's my list:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lean Hearn
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Go sign up to the website and tell them your's, you have until the end of August so get thinking, if enough of us do we can get some great YA novels into thousands of hands!