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Since ‘World Book Day’ is almost upon us, I wanted to share a short film that sums up perfectly the real impact of books upon our daily lives – and how a world without them is almost unthinkable. Please enjoy it as much as I did and thank you to LKD for bringing it to my attention in her blog post “The Inside of My Brain On An Ordinary Day“.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” has garnered a number of awards including the prestigious ‘Best Animated Short Film‘ at the 84th Academy Awards and was written by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. There is also an Ipad app based on this film and a book adaption is expected to be released in late 2012.

If you’d like to know more about the short film, please visit the official website.

Please share this with as many people as you can, and let’s get literacy levels back on track. Books still have a very firm, legitimate place in our lives and without them our world is very, very empty.

Also let’s make a difference for all those who still cannot share in the joys of reading, the millions around the world who still live in poverty and destitution. You can donate some of your books to charities who will use them to get aid to those who need them. Or you can visit the World Book Day website for ideas on what to do on that day. Books can make a difference, if only we know how to treat them… please feel free to share your feelings about the film or any activities you might be doing on March 1st.

POP QUIZ! If you are up for the challenge, try to spot how many stories you can see in this short film. The beginning is obvious and reminiscent of a certain Dorothy with ruby red shoes! But what about the rest of it? Ready, steady, go!