Rhinos players give their support to World Book Day

Ahead of tonight’s First Utility Super League clash with Hull FC, the Rhinos players have been lending their support to World Book Day.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
 
This is the 18th year there’s been a World Book Day, and today children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. For more information on World Book Day visit worldbookday.com
 
To mark World Book Day 2015 we asked the Rhinos squad for some of their suggestions for great books they have enjoyed. First of all we asked them what was their favourite book as a child. Legendary children’s author Roald Dahl was a popular choice with Brian McDermott picking Danny The Champion of the World, Jamie Peacock selecting George’s Marvellous Medicine whilst Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow both put forward The BFG.
 
We then asked the players to name their favourite ever book. Jamie Jones-Buchanan opted for the The Bible whilst on a similar theme Kylie Leuluai chose The Book of Mormon. Centre Joel Moon is a big sports fan and named Andre Agassi’s autobiography ‘Open’ as his favourite whilst Jamie Peacock offered up a non-fiction choice in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and fiction one in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series.  Andy Yates put forward The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring whilst Stevie Ward said his was George Orwell’s 1984.
 
Finally, with so many dads in the team, we asked them to tell us their favourite book to read to the kids. There were some classic tales with Joel Moon saying Hansel and Gretel whilst Kylie Leuluai said The Billy Goats Gruff. Brian McDermott read The Hobbit to his children whilst Jamie Peacock once again opted for two choices in Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and Mog the Forgetful Cat. Kevin Sinfield said his boys always enjoyed ‘Guess how much I love you?’ when they younger. Finally Brad Singleton suggested that when he used to live with Mitch Achurch, that the giant forward always enjoyed it when Brad read Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat before bed!