World Book Day is an annual event which encourages children of all ages to put down the screens and pick up a paperback in an attempt to get them reading more.
First started in 1997, the event has become a worldwide phenomenon, with all manner of authors and artists getting involved.
The event also sees children dress up as their favourite book related characters, as well as numerous events and get-togethers all across the world. World Book Day will take place on Thursday 2 March 2017 in the UK and Ireland and for any schools or organisations wishing to get involved, further information is available in their FAQ section.
According to The Guardian:
The annual celebration of reading was launched in the UK in 1997 in response to declining reading and writing standards among children. A similar tradition has run for more than 90 years in Catalonia, and in 1995, it was designated an international event by Unesco.
Each year, a selection of £1 books are offered to young readers across the UK, with 13m given away over the last 19 years. After 789,738 £1 books were delivered for World Book Day this year, the charity hopes to increase the number to 1m to mark its 20th anniversary on 2 March 2017. Children can get the books for free in exchange for the book token available to all schoolchildren.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson has said about the event, which will see books sold for £1 / €1 at participating outlets, “no matter how much a child might say they hate reading, there’ll be a book somewhere that they’ll love”, before adding, “It’s a chance for every child, even if they don’t know the joys of bookshops and if reading isn’t their bag, to go into a shop and get a free book.”
Here are some of the books which will be available in March when the celebrations take place.
The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full:
• Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
• Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
• Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
• Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
• Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
• Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
• An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
• Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
• Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)
And in Ireland only:
• Fast Forward by Judi Curtin (O’Brien Press)