World Book Day is now almost upon us, with schools everywhere putting the finishing touches to their plans of events and activities to celebrate the art of reading, and literature as a whole. Bookselling has become a surprise new growth area for us, so I asked everyone at map gift shop to pick their favourite book from the shop for World Book Day!
1. 'Friends are Cheaper than Therapy' - Cath Tate chosen by Ian
Cheer up! Your friends love you – they really do!
Cath Tate brings you over 50 beautifully tinted vintage photos, each paired with the perfect witty caption to reveal your friends as they really are. Designed to lift your spirits and remind you what friendship is all about, this hilarious book is for kindred spirits everywhere.
2. Enza chose 'The Lazy Leopard' By Nina Dogmetchi
"because of how beautifully it is illustrated and the sentiment of the story. It can be enjoyed by all ages."
This is a stunning hardcover book by local Artist Nina Dogmetchi, an uplifting modern day fable - it is a story about the importance of dreams, change, and becoming your true self. read more and enjoy Nina's video here.
3. Roisha chose the amazing 'Ocean Photicular'
"because the imagery is very clever - the creatures move and look amazingly life-like!" - What a great choice!
The reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin, the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-colour video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands the dance of life in a book.
4. Declan strives to 'Do one thing every day that scares you'
(inspiring advice attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt!)
This journal offers an inspiring quote, activity, or prompt for every day of the year, with space to contemplate your own fears and acts of bravery, big and small. The journal is undated and can be started at any point in the year. In the face of everyday uncertainty, it provides a daily dose of courage from famous writers, leaders, athletes, artists, and other daring figures.
5. 'Camden Lock and Market' - Caitlin Davies chosen by Kathryn
And me? Well I can't resist the opportunity to revisit 'Camden Lock and Market' by Caitlin Davies. Featuring our very own Ian Morris in the 80's. Full of both character and characters…If you know the market well, and witnessed much of its short but eventful history, you will savour every sentence!