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World Book Day

Thursday 1st March 2012 is World Book Day, this event celebrates authors, illustrators, books and is most importantly 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. The event should Not be confused with World Book Night which takes place on April 23rd 2012   This is the 15th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. 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. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers alike, during World Book Day millions of book vouchers can be sent to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country, who can then take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of EIGHT (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply). Books available in the offer are:

  • The What the Ladybird Heard Song by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks
  • Winnie Flies Again by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul
  • Where’s Wally Now by Martin Handford
  • Magic Molly: The Clever little Kitten by Holly Webb
  • Roald Dahl’s Fantabulous Facts by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Day of the Dreader by Cressida Cowell
  • Big Day Out by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The End ofthe World by Derek Landy

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