HE’S sold over 40 million books and been responsible for many reluctant readers enjoying stories – and for this year’s World Book Day, David Walliams is presenting a free virtual World Book Day School Assembly.
Dad of one, David, 49, will be in conversation with Blue Peter’s, Lindsey Russell on Thursday where he will talk about the joy of reading, as well as reading an extract from Fing, which has just been released in paperback.
David Walliams is holding a free World Book Day assemblyCredit: Getty – Contributor
David published his first book in 2008, The Boy in the Dress – about Dennis, who would rather wear girls’ clothes instead of boys.
Since then, he’s written 29 more books including Code Name Bananas that came out in November 2020 – and not since Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and Matilda, has an author captured children’s imaginations in such a way.
Walliams, who for the last two years has written FOUR BOOKS a year, says; “Although schools are still closed for this year’s World Book Day I think it’s important to still mark World Book Day.
“The assembly is free to watch and it means that children all over the country can sign up and watch.”
David is presenting a free virtual World Book Day School Assembly on the 2nd March
During normal times, the popular author is inundated with requests for author events and tries to visit as many schools as possible.
The dad-of-one explains: “When I’m touring with Britain’s Got Talent I go to towns all over the country. We don’t usually start filming until the afternoon, as Simon Cowell doesn’t like to get up early, so I’ll ask my publisher to book in a local primary school during the morning.
“The school visits are usually great fun, and I think the kids particularly enjoy them because they’re missing a lesson!”
He continues: “You’re not going to reach every single reluctant reader just by visiting their school, but if just one child is encouraged to pick up a book afterwards, that’s only going to be a good thing.
“There might be one child, who thinks books are boring that is convinced to give reading a try.
“Reading is the foundation of all learning and if you don’t have a passion for reading, you won’t learn the same way.
“It helps you write well and writing helps you organise your thoughts.
“It’s important that parents don’t think all the learning their kids do is in school.
“Reading should be fun and a shared thing and days such as World Book Day help to remind us of its importance.”
David is presenting a free virtual World Book Day School Assembly on the 2nd March. There will be two viewings on the 2nd March – the first at 10.30AM and a catchup viewing at 4PM, offering the nation a treat during the monotony of home-school.
Sign up for the event on David’s website, The World of David Walliams