On Saturday 5th March 2011 one millions books will be given away.
On Saturday 5th March 2011 one millions books will be given away. 960,000 of these will be given away by 20,000 people who have put their names forward to be a giver. I am one of those people. The remaining 40,000 books will be given away by World Book Day to places which are harder to reach, for example hospitals and prisons. Each giver chose a book from a list of 25 drawn up by World Book Day and will be given 48 copies of their choice to give away. It is the largest book give away ever attempted.
I am Cheryll Hammett and I live on The Roseland. I am 44 years old and a full time mother to seven month old Demelza who has Downs Syndrome. I am also a student in the final year of a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology and Criminology. I am addicted to books. I have hundreds of them and almost 1000 on my ebook reader. I usually read non fiction but sometimes the occasional work of fiction finds it's way into my collection! To me, reading is important and I have been reading to my baby since she was two days old. She already has 145 books of her own. I read stories and poetry to her. As Demelza has Downs I feel it is vital I keep her stimulated and interested in what is going on around her. Books are one way to do this and when I am shopping I chat to her endlessly about what is on the aisles and pointing things out to her. My hobbies - apart from reading lots - are writing letters (I have almost 300 pen-pals), listening to music and I cross stitch and make cards. Demelza's hobbies are eating, sleeping, and babbling.
I have chosen a work of fiction. One of the very few that make it into my collection. It is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. Books will be given out from 2pm.
The lead character is 15 year old Christopher who is thought to suffer from Asperger's Syndrome although this has never been really clear. After discovering his neighbour's dog has been killed by a garden fork he sets out to discover who the offender is. Christopher finds certains aspects of life difficult and confusing and there are some things about human being he does not quite get. Dispite his diffuculties he manages to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour's dog and also discovers other surprises along the way.
I chose the book because even though it is a work of fiction, it shows that difficulties can be over come. Linking it back to Demelza, I shall always focus on what she CAN do rather than anything she may not beable to do.
WARNING: CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE
I would like to thank Toby and everyone at King Harry for their assistence and for giving me permission to give the books away on the ferry. Demelza and I are looking forward to giving away our books!