Still in primary school, I remember how ecstatic I was when the day finally came that the teacher would hand out the book tokens, and my jealousy that she was allowed to hold so many in one go.
My love of World Book Day carried over into secondary school, when all of my friends would give me their tokens because I was the resident bookworm. I remember having a particularly rubbish day, and then finding a token crumpled on the floor on my way to Art, and instantly being cheered up.
As you can probably tell, I love World Book Day. How could I not, when it's a day dedicated to books that the entire world can celebrate?
This year is even more exciting than usual, because there's a new addition to the celebrations: the World Book Day Teen Fest, a free, online festival for bookish teens.
On the 4th and 5th of March from 6-8pm UK time, WBD Teen Fest will bring amazing authors including Holly Smale, Marcus Sedgwick, Malorie Blackman and Derek Landy straight to your screen! With hangouts and interviews, how-tos, blog posts, playlists, prizes and much more, each night will be packed with awesome bookish stuff as well as the chance to chat with other readers and writers. Oh, and did I mention... it's FREE. You don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to.
I was so excited when I first heard about WBD Teen Fest because, as you already know, it's really difficult for me to get to events in person, and I have to turn down 99% of event invites that come my way. So, when I found out that this was online, I was so, so happy.
The theme this year is 'why we can't live without books'. This immediately inspired a short skit on my YouTube channel, which you can see here. I'd love for you to watch - it might be a 4-minute video, but it took an entire day of scripting, filming and a surprising amount of costume changes...
But there are more reasons for me not being able to imagine living without books that I didn't include in that video. The first is that books have made me who I am today, so if I'd never read a book in my life, who knows who I'd be? I might like maths, for a start. That would just be weird.
On a more serious note, though, I think it's books that have made me an accepting and tolerant person. It doesn't bother me if you're trans. It doesn't bother me if you're homosexual, or demisexual, or any of the rest. If you have an illness of some sort, or you have psychic abilities, or you're a wizard, I'm not going to treat you any differently. Books allow you to experience life as someone else for a little while and can help you to gain perspective.
Everyone needs an escape sometimes, but for some it's impossible to physically do that. In real life, I've been to England, obviously, and France. In books, I've been all over the world, from igloos in Antarctica to the designer streets of Hollywood, and the sunny beaches in Australia to the dusty plains of Afghanistan.
Aaaand lastly, I really want to write a book one day. So, if books didn't exist, I wouldn't be able to, and that would be sad.
Luckily for us, books do exist, and the wonderful people behind World Book Day have offered one of you a YA book bundle! You can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
Why couldn't you live without books?