Today is World Book Day. Earlier, Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster asked the Leader of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg, the following question in the House in relating to World Book Day.
It is World Book Day, as has been mentioned, and I wear my World Book Day badge with pride. It was sad not to see children walking to school this morning dressed as their favourite characters, but I am sure many are at home today, as my right hon. Friend’s children are, enjoying their favourite books.
Some 15 million schoolchildren will still receive World Book Day book tokens, which they can spend in a bookshop or on special World Book Day books.
Will my right hon. Friend join me in celebrating the joy of reading?
Will he share with us his favourite book—perhaps not penned by himself?
The Leader of the House the Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP responded:
I think “Leave It to Psmith” is one of the classic P. G. Wodehouse books.
Psmith himself is such a wonderful and engaging character, and I would recommend that book to anybody.
Anyone who has not read any P. G. Wodehouse, should start with “Leave It to Psmith” or go for “Psmith in the City”, which is also a great work. If only I wore a monocle, I might be dressing up as Psmith himself.
I so agree with my hon. Friend that reading is one of life’s great joys. Indeed, it has been a small consolation during the pandemic that there has been more time to read because of the inability to carry out normal social activities, and I am sure that has given many people comfort during a difficult period.
Children learning to read, beginning to read and beginning to have that pleasure and enthusiasm for words is something that one sees evolve in one’s own children as they develop, and it is greatly to be encouraged with all children across the country.
You can watch Nickie ask her question to the Leader of the House above.