Grab your favourite book – World Book Day is almost here!

24th February 2017
Grab your favourite book – World Book Day is almost here!

World Book Day (WBD) is introducing a raft of new projects to mark its 20th anniversary on Thursday 2nd March, including the launch of a series of podcasts for children of all ages.

This year’s tagline is “do something booky today”, with the charity hoping to increase the number of £1 books sold to the 1 million to mark the occasion (last years the figure was 789,738). Whilst bookseller, libraries and schools are also gearing up to celebrate the anniversary with a flurry of activity there are still ways for parents to get involved on an individual level, such as ensuring your child have access to a new book (we think our personalised stories would make the perfect edition to your bookshelf!) or having a dabble at creating your own short stories.

Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and David Walliams are among the authors writing new stories this year, with Wilson promising that “no matter how much a child might say they hate reading, there’ll be a book somewhere that they’ll love”.

Below is the full list of the £1 WBD book available this year:

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)

This event always sees children dress up as their favourite characters in schools across the UK and Wilson is a firm supporter of the tradition, saying that it “helps children come to see reading as a pleasure not a chore”.

Here are our favourite costume suggestions, from character classics to modern day marvels:

·         The BFG

·         Elmer the elephant

·         Little Red Riding Hood

·         Mr Men and Little Miss

·         Curious George

·         Matilda

·         Gangsta Granny

·         Paddington Bear

·         TinTin

·         Veruca Salt

·         Mary Poppins

·         Aliens Love Underpants

·         The White Rabbit


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