World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.
A 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.
To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token (or equivalent €1.50 book token in Ireland). The book token can be exchanged for one of ten specially published World Book Day £1 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop.
The books available this year are:
- Kipper’s Visitor by Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books)
- Supertato: Hap-pea Ever After by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet (Simon & Schuster)
- Daisy and the Trouble With Jack by Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt (Red Fox)
- The Great Mouse Plot by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (Puffin)
- Welcome to the World of Norm by Jonathan Meres (Orchard)
- Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space by Cavan Scott (Egmont)
- The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel (Harpercollins)
- Harper and the Sea of Secrets by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson (Scholastic)
- Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson (Hot Key)
- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan Children’s Books)
In our libraries we have a variety of books available by these authors that you can borrow, too.