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World Book Day celebrations!

World book day logo - 4 March 2021

This Thursday 4 March, we’re celebrating World Book Day!

Whether you’re at home or in the classroom at the moment, you can join in the World Book Day fun here on the Virtual School Library. We have activities to help you choose how to spend your £1 World Book Day vouchers that you should have received from your school, and find out which book to go onto next! You can also learn all about what your local library service has to offer and try a fun arts and crafts activity.

The £1 World Book Day books

The £1 book tokens are distributed at schools all over the country. They can be swapped for one of the FREE World Book Day books available from participating booksellers or used to get £1 off (€1.50 off in Ireland) any full price book or audiobook instead (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).

World Book Day book tokens will be valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. In 2021 participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last.

For full terms and conditions please visit the World Book Day website.

World Book Day is the charity that promotes reading for pleasure to improve all children’s life chances.

Download the activities

How to choose a great book to read

Our friends at Libraries Connected and ASCEL have some top advice on choosing a brilliant book to read. Follow the steps to find your next fantastic story.

Although libraries are closed at the moment, you can still borrow ebooks and audiobooks from home. Visit your local library website to find out more.

How to choose your £1 World Book Day book – early readers

Download our flow chart, created by the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme, to find out how to spend your £1 World Book Day voucher.

How to choose your £1 World Book Day book – confident readers

Download our flow chart, created by the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme, to find out how to spend your £1 World Book Day voucher.

Children in secondary school might also enjoy Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy or Kill Joy by Holly Jackson. Both are available for FREE in exchange for your £1 World Book Day voucher.

What to read next after your £1 World Book Day book

So you’ve enjoyed your £1 World Book Day book, what next?! For each of the 12 books, 12 ASCEL librarians have recommended 12 new stories for you to try.

World Book Day paper chains

Find your next read while making a beautiful decoration!