Celebrating 20 years of World Book Day

Popular children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson once said: ‘No matter how much a child might say they hate reading, there’ll be a book somewhere that they love.’

On March 2, children across West Cumbria will take part in World Book Day, dressing up as their favourite literary characters, sharing their most loved stories and appreciating the simple act of reading.

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For the past 20 years, World Book Day has played a major role in encouraging children to explore the pleasures of books and reading, and across west Cumbria, primary schools will be joining in the festivities with events and activities.

There are a number of reasons why reading with your child is so beneficial and adapting a reading routine into everyday life can potentially do far more than just improve their reading skills.  As well as building on their literacy skills, it also gives parents a chance to have some quiet time with their little ones, as well as improve their general knowledge and imagination. You never know, you could have the next Roald Dahl on your hands.

As part of this year’s World Book Day, more than 15 million £1 National Book Tokens will be handed out to schools across the country to mark the special day, which is almost one for every youngster under 18 in the UK and Ireland. All you need to do is take it to your local bookseller and swap it for one of the TEN exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day books. (See below) Alternatively you can also use your token to get £1 off any full price book or even audio book instead (as long as it costs at least £2.99)

The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full

Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)

It’s World Book Day and Peppa and George are allowed to dress up as their favourite characters for school. George knows exactly what he wants to be, but Peppa has so many favorite stories, she can’t decide who to go as…

Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Dinosaurs love them. Pirates love them. Even Monsters love them. Everyone loves underpants.

Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)

Wow! Another fiendish and fantastical challenge in Wally’s third classic activity book! Join Wally on his quest through magical and bizarre fantasy lands in his third best-selling classic adventure.

Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)

Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. Only Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that.

Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)

An exclusive World Book Day 2017 collection of Horrid Henry’s best and most brilliant facts! Collated especially to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, this hilarious compilation includes everything you need to know about Horrid Henry, from fiendish facts and how-to’s, to top-secret diary excerpts and Purple Hang Gang passwords.

Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)

After the Five see a boy being kidnapped at the beach, they set out to find him. But where have the kidnappers hidden the boy? Will Timmy lead them to the answer?

Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)

Selma can’t wait to go on holiday with her best friend forever, Tina. But a holiday with Tina means a holiday with her triplet sisters, too – and it’s not long before Selma feels like the odd one out. Can their shared love of butterflies bring Selma and Tina together again?

Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)

A hopeful and moving coming-of-age story set on the island of Lindisfarne, by David Almond, author of the prize-winning Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey. Sixteen-year old Louise travels with her father to the island of Lindisfarne every year ever since she can remember – it’s the place Louise’s mother loved best of all. The arrival of Hassan from war-torn Syria changes everything.

Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)

Rio Richlin doesn’t have superpowers. She is an ordinary young woman. A soldier in the American army, wearing a uniform, carrying a rifle, and fighting alongside thousands who are trying to make a difference, trying to change the world.

For more information on how you can get directly involved in World Book Day head online to www.worldbookday.com.

 

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