The World Book Day 2020 £1 books were announced to much fanfare on Monday 23rd September, 2019. This is a big event for readers but also authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers, and it was the first time that it was announced at the annual Children's Conference run by The Bookseller.
Toppsta's founder, Georgina Atwell, was delighted to be invited to be part of the audience and discover all the details for World Book Day 2020!
So we're delighted to reveal that next year's World Book Day will be held on Thursday 5 March 2020.
And we're so excited to share the 2020 World Book Day books. 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.
PLUS if you're part of a school or nursery, you can sign up for the 2020 Resource Packs (with age appropriate activities for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools) and £1 book tokens here. But watch out, you don't have long, the closing date for registration is Friday 22nd November at 5pm.
Like previous years, there's a big drive to encourage families and schools to Share a Story but in 2020, there's a goal to get the nation to Share A Million Stories! You'll need to sign up via the website (coming soon) and log your ten minute story anytime between Thursday 27th February and Sunday 29th March.
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!