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Books, stories, and novels for spending World Book Day at home

This year, we’ll have to do something different to celebrate World Book Day, which is also the Diada de Sant Jordi, a holiday celebrated in Catalonia, Valencia, and Aragon where books are traditionally exchanged as gifts. These are days (or weeks) when nothing is just business as usual, and that goes for the April 23rd holiday too, which we’ll have to spend at home. But what’s better for staying at home than a good book (or two or three) to read leisurely? Below, we’ll recommend some books for all ages and tastes, in both English and Spanish. Let’s go!

For those of you who like to keep busy cooking, building things, or even doing DIY, there are lots of different options:

  • Let’s Make Some Great Art: A suggestion for those who like art and doing handicrafts, with techniques used by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Mondrian, and Andy Warhol.
  • The Line: Keri Smith’s book is great for anyone looking to let their imagination run wild. All you need is a pencil and to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Scrapbooking paso a paso: A book that can be used to create a totally original album of these weeks of lockdown by showing you different techniques typically used in scrapbooking, such as journaling, embossing, and stamping. Why not try creating your first lockdown album?

For the sports fans among you who’d like to find out more about the sector that thrills millions of people all over the world, we have two interesting book suggestions. First up is Shoe Dog, the autobiography of Nike founder Phil Knight. The book tells, for the first time, the real story behind the sneaker company Knight founded back in 1962, which today turns over more than $30 billion per year and whose logo has become a global icon that’s one of the most ubiquitous and recognized all over the world. Our other suggestion is the autobiography of tennis legend Andre Agassi. Open tells the story of the former tennis world number one in first person and is full of shocks and surprises, especially when it comes to his stormy relationship with his father.

Continuing with the biographical genre, but moving over to the world of music, one interesting suggestion is Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, by Danny Goldberg. But this isn’t just another biography of the Nirvana star: This time it’s the band’s manager telling the story, making it a must-read for people who love rock legends and music fans.

Now for a couple of novels in Spanish. We had to include something from one of the most well-known writers in Spain, so from Almudena Grandes we recommend La madre de Frankenstein, the fifth installment in her series “Episodios de una guerra interminable.” And of course, we couldn’t leave out La fuerza de un destino by Martí Gironell, which tells the life story of our founder Jean Leon.

We also have something for essay readers, with these two interesting books: Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari.

To finish, we have some recommendations for the younger members of the family, so you can swap the old bedtime stories for something new.  Here are two suggestions:

  • Tengo un volcán (ages 0-3) by Míriam Tirado. This is a story that talks about what to do when we feel angry, and that can be very useful for both parents and children.
  • Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart. Animals, humor, and action, especially at the end, all come together in this colorful and entertaining book.

So, those are our recommendations. Which one will you go for? Do you have another suggestion? We’re all ears!