Heads up: Top comment and controversy

World Book Day: What were your favourite books growing up?

Around 780 million adults worldwide cannot read or write.

With statistics like this, it's vital we make the most of events like World Book Day and encourage young people to make the most of reading.

The World Book Day team has provided some top tips for telling stories from bestselling authors, as well as the chance for students to pick up one of eight titles for just £1.

So what were your favourite books and authors growing up?

Here are some of the books people are talking about on Twitter:

@caitlinmoran #worldbookday Lorrie Moore's "Collected Stories", given to me by @emjaneunsworth, is another-level brilliant. It's word-parkour.

@LinkyGray For #WorldBookDayUK I'll be getting stuck into Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad by Derrick Jensen 

@wesstreeting As it's #worldbookday, here are some of stonewalluk's favourite children's stories that celebrate difference: http://bit.ly/YBQWjF

@soprano_laura My favourite childhood book was 'The Farthest Away Mountain' by Lynne Reid Banks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farthest-Away_Mountain …

@_XeniaKara_ My favourite book as a child was "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" we never got to dress up for it at school though#worldbookday

@rjrchilvers on #worldbookday I challenge anyone to find three funnier books than Three Men in a Boat, Under the Frog and Lucky Jim

@‏Scraggatron It's #worldbookday today. Perfect excuse for me to read Murakami's 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' all day long. Not that I need an excuse.

@Nancy_Victor Happy #WorldBookDayUK The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is possibly the best book ive ever read! 

@donne_mark For worldbookday if you haven't, I recommend Graham Greene's "A Burnt Out Case". Over-looked brilliance.

@faceforthenet On #worldbookday I would like to thank Yann Martel for writing my fave novel of all time, the beautiful Life of Pi. <3

Leave your suggestions below.

React Now

Read Next
 

Errors & Omissions: pours or pores, pulverised, ‘in preference for’ and lists

Guy Keleny
Ed Miliband created a crisis of confidence about himself within Labour when he forgot to mention the deficit in his party conference speech  

The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election

Andrew Grice
Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect