• Claire

It's World Book Day's 21st Birthday!

Updated: Nov 5, 2018



World Book Day is a celebration! It’s 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 and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day 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.

So what happens on World Book Day?

Well traditionally lots of schools get involved encouraging their children to dress up as their favourite book character from Harry Potter to the Wicked Witch of the West in any manor from shop bought to home made costumes! Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, millions of book tokens are sent to schools for giving to children and young people some 15 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country). Then they can take their book token to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (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).

Book events and story telling happens all over the world to encourage people to get stuck in and loose themselves in a book.

So what are the free books this year? Here's a link to the books available for £1 http://www.worldbookday.com/books/

Obviously we'll be going for this one and with Crufts from the 8th to 11th of March I'm looking forward to seeing if Fennel can win!!


Fennel and Twiglet are best friends. They do everything together, from curling up in their basket to playing fetch in the park. Twiglet understands Fennel like no one else, especially her life-long dream of winning Crufts. There's just one problem: Fennel isn't a dog. And a girl can't win a competition for dogs, no matter how much she acts like one. Can she?

Last month we had National Storytelling week when we talked about where storytelling came from and how so many books have dogs in them as the star of the show (there's a link to that blog below if you fancy reading it?!).

With the 'Beast from the East' setting in and many schools being closed because of the snow what better excuse is there to cosy up in a corner with a warm blanket while the storms howl and swirl around outside, get yourself a snack, snuggle with your dog and get lost in a really good story?!!

Happy reading everyone!

It's National Storytelling Week!!- Blog


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