The World Book Day 2020 £1 books have been announced (see below) and the World Book Day team are also running SHARE A STORY, a fabulous campaign to get the nation reading. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading with your children can make a huge difference to their lives and there are plenty of ideas and resources over on the World Book Day website to get you joining in with this fun nationwide event.
Registration is now open here for YOU to take part in the #ShareAStory campaign. Whether you are a family, school, library, nursery, bookshop or community group you can help reach the target of 1 million stories shared during World Book Week (27th February – 5th March 2020). Any type of reading counts – from comics to chapter books, picture books to audiobooks – you just need to read for 10 minutes, at any time of day, with whoever you like.
If you participate you are also in with a chance to win a host of amazing prizes, including £1,000 worth of books, £100 of National Book Tokens or an exclusive signed Rob Biddulph print. This campaign is a great opportunity to kick-start some great new reading habits across the nation.
World Book Day will be held on Thursday 5 March 2020 and last September, Toppsta was invited to an exclusive event to reveal the 2020 World Book Day books. Read on and see which one you'd like to get with your World Book Day token.
As you can see from the image above and the list below, it's a fantastic selection of titles with some incredible characters, stories and series from well-known and lesser-known authors and illustrators, with something for all ages.
How to use your World Book Day tokens
Next year, thanks to its many supporting partners, World Book Day will be distributing more than 15 million £1 tokens across the UK and Ireland.
The £1 book tokens will be available in February and are valid from Thursday 27th February until Sunday 29th March. If you're not familiar with how they work, the tokens are sent to schools across UK and Ireland and you can take them into your local bookshop or supermarket and either swap it for one of the twelve exclusive books written especially for World Book Day, or use it to get £1 off any full price book, worth at least £2.99 or more.
If you're based in Wales, you're in luck, there are an additional two books available and if you're in Ireland there's an extra book for you too OR you can use it to get 1.50 Euros off any book worth at least 3.99 Euros.
And I'm not sure if this has happened before but the £1 books are also available in braille, large print and audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB.
Currently the tokens cannot be used online but can be used at most large bookshop chains such as WHSmith and Waterstones plus all major supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and hundreds of independent bookshops. But they're not accepted at all outlets, so it might be worth ringing ahead and checking to save you a wasted journey. There's a helpful list of participating retailers (including supermarkets) here.
And if today is Wednesday 6th March 2020 and you're after a World Book Day costume using items you already have at home, then check out our 11 last-minute, easy World Book Day costumes.
World Book Day History
Run by the World Book Day charity, this is a much-loved annual event, with a mission of bringing children together to celebrate reading.
World Book Day was originally created by UNESCO and first celebrated in April 1995. The UK isn't the only country which celebrates World Book Day! It is celebrated all over the world on 23rd April but in the UK it always runs on the first Thursday in March. Last year World Book Day was celebrated on Thursday 7th March 2019, https://en.unesco.org/commemor....was celebrated on 1st March and was run on Thursday 2nd March. For more details on which countries celebrate World Book Day, check out the UNESCO website
So what are you waiting for? Make sure you sign up for a resource pack and don't forget to come back and review the World Book Day book on https://toppsta.com!