World Book Day 2018
Don’t be caught off guard this year; World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 March 2018. Start making/buying your kids’ costumes now!
Of course, World Book Day isn’t just about them dressing up for the school; 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 in Ireland) supplied by National Book Tokens Ltd. The £1 book token can be exchanged for one of ten (eleven in Ireland) specially published £1 World Book Day books for free, or five special edition YA titles at £2.50 can be purchased for £1.50 with the token. The token is also redeemable against any book or audiobook of their choice costing £2.99 or more, at a participating bookshop or book club.
The World Book Day books for 2018 are:
- Oi Goat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field
- Mr Men: My Book About Me By Mr Silly written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, original concept by Roger Hargreaves
- The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham
- Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum
- Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter
- Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: A Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
- The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross
- Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries
- The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts
- Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall
This year, World Book Day are targeting teenagers and young adults in their own online spaces as well as offering a choice of books in-store, encouraging a celebration of books and reading. The special edition full-length titles will be available at the exclusive price of £2.50 or £1.50 with a World Book Day token (special World Book Day editions in participating retailers only) and include:
As well as activity on World Book Day itself, the charity will be running a national tour of author/illustrator events in theatre venues around the country, ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’, from 26 February to 3 March, including a pre-recorded special at Unicorn Theatre, London, in partnership with Tales on Moon Lane and stops in Dublin, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Doncaster, Brighton and Newcastle. Find out more about the authors and illustrators at each venue and dates/times here.