All over the UK, children are going into school dressed as their favourite book characters today, in honour of World Book Day!
But what is World Book Day?
World Book Day is a registered charity, which is on a mission to give every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. It is also a day of celebration for the authors and illustrators who have worked hard on their books, around the world. Each year, the World Book Day is the largest celebration of its kind, and is marked in over 100 countries around the world.
2019 is currently the 22 year in which World Book Day is celebrated, and today, children of all ages will come together to appreciate books and reading. According to World Book Day website, today is a special occasion because;
The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland 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. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.
Each year, National Book Tokens Ltd makes it possible with publishers and booksellers, to send millions of book tokens to children and young people. In fact, there are around 15 million tokens handed out, that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country. The child can then take their token to a local bookseller and use it to pick out one of the twelve (new and free) books. Instead of getting one of the twelve books, children also have the option of chosing to have £1 off the price of any other chosen book (in selected stores) as long as the price of the book is over £2.99. This also includes audiobooks.
It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.
Don’t forget, World Book Day tokens are only available to use from Thursday 28th February to Sunday 31st March 2019!
To see more about which books are available or participating stores, see World Book Day website for more information!