World Book Day 2021!

World Book Day falls on March 4 this year – and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about this page-turning event.
World Book Day 2021!
By Carli Allan
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World Book Day will look a little different in England this year. With most children at home doing online learning, there’ll be an absence of little Harry Potter’s, Goldilocks, and Cats in the Hat walking through the school gates next week. With reading among children in sharp decline (just 25% said they read daily in their free time in 2019), the need for an event to “make reading for pleasure a habit for life” is more important than ever.

The good news is that World Book Day celebrations will continue Thursday, March 4 even though schools, libraries and bookshops are closed. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event.

World Book Day’s £1 token

More than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be distributed to children and young people for World Book Day. The £1 book tokens can then be swapped for one of the exclusive and free World Book Day books, which are available from participating booksellers; alternatively, the tokens can be used to get £1 off any full price book. McDonald’s will include the World Book Day’s £1 token in all its Happy Meal Boxes from March 3 to April 13.

Free audiobooks

A selection of free audiobooks for all ages can be downloaded here, with titles including an adapted and easy version of Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice, Jungle Drop by Abi Elphinstone, A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison, and We Love you Hugless Douglas by David Melling.

Live events

You can tune into YouTube and read along, with special programmes sharing monthly reads, interviews with authors, and more. Events start with Bringing Reading to Life starring Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks on March 4. There is also an online Author & Illustrator Academy, with masterclasses from writers and illustrators including Katherine Rundell, Joseph Coelho, Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher, and Jess French.

Dress up!

Whose child doesn’t love the opportunity to spend a whole day in costume. So, even though they may be learning from home this year, don’t let that stop you them dressing up as their beloved book characters. For some quick and easy ways to get into character, check out the costume hacks here

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