Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is World Book Day 2016?
  2. Is World Book Day a government initiative?
  3. How can my school get material?
  4. How long is the Book Token’s redemption period?
  5. Where can I get ideas for activities and events for World Book Day in my school?
  6. My children are educated at home. Are they entitled to receive £1 WBD Book Tokens?
  7. Are pre-school children entitled to World Book Day Book Tokens?
  8. I work at a British School abroad; do we qualify to receive a copy of the Schools’ Pack free of charge?
  9. I work at an international school and would like a copy of the Schools’ Pack. Is the pack free of charge or is there a fee?
  10. Who is responsible for sending information to the Republic of Ireland?
  11. I am calling from a school and cannot get hold of certain £1 books. Can you help?
  12. Can you provide me with a list of participating bookshops in my area?
  13. When will World Book Day 2017 be held?
  14. I am a BFPO school, am I entitled to a pack free of charge?
  15. Which types of establishments may be sent materials?
  16. Which organisations are not entitled to Book Tokens?
  17. What is the charge for additional copies of the Schools’ pack?
  18. I’m a teacher—can I purchase the £1 Books to give away to my pupils?
  19. I’m a Librarian, can I get a stock of the £1 books and accept the £1 book tokens?
  20. Can I get stock of the £1 books for display or loan?

Q1. When is World Book Day 2016?
A. In the UK and Ireland World Book Day is on Thursday 3 March 2016. This date came about after serious thought and lengthy discussion to ensure that we were making the best decision for all participants and our supporters. We take into consideration religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with other charitable activities. In other countries World Book Day takes place at a different time of year – usually in April.

For international information on World Book Day, please visit: www.unesco.org

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Q2. Is World Book Day a government initiative?
A. No – World Book Day Ltd is a registered charity whose financing of World Book Day comes mainly from contributing publishers, the generous sponsorship of National Book Tokens Ltd, some literacy partnerships and other supporters, as well as the participating booksellers who fund the entire cost of Book Token redemption.

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Q3. How can my school get material?
A. A comprehensive mailing list is used to distribute material. However, if you would like to double check that all your school’s details are correct, including contact name and roll numbers, please contact the World Book Day Helpline at:

Email: wbd@education.co.uk

NB: Since World Book Day 2004 secondary schools in the UK have been required to register to participate. For 2016, secondary schools should re-register and re-confirm their requirements and schools not yet registered are welcome to do so also. Please see the secondary school registration section on this site for all details and to check your registration status. There is a £20 administration fee payable after 30 November 2015.

Please note that schools in Ireland and all primary schools will be automatically mailed as in previous years; there is no need to register. However, if you have previously requested to not receive any mailings from The Education Company, WBD’s mailing house, you will not receive any WBD material. To rectify this situation, please contact the Helpline.

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Q4. How long is the Book Token’s redemption period?
A. The Book Token redemption period is: Monday 29 February–Sunday 27th March 2016 (inclusive).

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Q5. Where can I get ideas for activities and events for World Book Day in my school?
A. The Schools’ Pack, mailed to schools with the £1 Book Tokens from mid-January 2015 contains lots of ideas for events and activities you can organize in your school or library, even if you are making arrangements at the last-minute.

The events listing on this site will tell you what other schools, bookshops and libraries in the UK and Ireland are planning and you may get ideas from this list that you can apply in your school. The main objective for World Book Day is to have fun and enjoy reading and sharing books together, so please feel free to use these ideas as a starting point and add other ideas you have yourself.

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Q6. My children are educated at home. Are they entitled to receive £1 WBD Book Tokens?
A.Yes. Please supply your details, including the number of children in your care and they will be dispatched to you by the WBD Helpline. There is no charge for this service.

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Q7. Are pre-school children entitled to World Book Day Book Tokens?
A.In 2004 we extended the reach of the World Book Day initiative into the preschool sector. For further information on this activity please visit the registration section of this site where establishments can register their details. Individuals and childminders are ineligible for this service, due to the potential cost.

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Q8. I work at a British School abroad; do we qualify to receive a copy of the Schools’ Pack free of charge?
A. Unless a school book club used by your school has made prior arrangements there is a charge for a copy of the Schools’ Pack, and Book Tokens will not be sent overseas. To order a Schools’ Pack, please contact the World Book Day Helpline (details given above). The charge is £6 plus carriage for packs sent overseas. NB. Book Tokens will not be sent overseas.

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Q9. I work at an international school and would like a copy of the Schools’ Pack. Is the pack free of charge or is there a fee?
A. Please contact the World Book Day Helpline (details given above) to find out if your school is on the existing mailing list. Otherwise there will be a charge for the Schools’ Pack. The charge is £6 plus carriage for packs sent overseas. NB. Book tokens will not be sent overseas. International schools may register to access the World Book Day Portal for information and resources.

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Q10. Who is responsible for sending information to the Republic of Ireland?
A. Material, including Euro Book Tokens, is sent in bulk to Ireland and is despatched to schools by the Irish Department of Education. We would like schools in Ireland to help ensure that the list used for dispatch is completely up to date. Please visit the site registration section or contact the main Helpline on 00 44 01634 729810 or wbd@education.co.uk.

The Irish Helpline operates for a limited period around World Book Day – please contact it on: worldbookdayireland@gmail.com

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Q11. I am calling from a school and cannot get hold of certain £1 books. Can you help?
A. Bookshops will have limited quantities of the £1 books exchangeable for the WBD £1 Book Tokens, and are neither obliged nor able to supply large quantities of £1 books in exchange for bulk quantities of Book Tokens. You are urged to bear this in mind when making arrangements for your pupils to celebrate World Book Day, as any misunderstanding can lead to disappointment.

Early contact with your local bookseller is recommended to find out what their plans are for £1 Book stock. If your school is in an isolated position, you may wish to consider contacting your nearest bookshop to find out if they might be able to help you. You may also wish to organise a book club or fair; please note that Book Clubs and Fairs do not stock the £1 Books.

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Q12. Can you provide me with a list of participating bookshops in my area?
A. Please visit www.booksellers.org.uk/bookshopsearch. Details are given so that you can check before travelling to make your purchase. All major supermarkets – Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, most large bookshop chains – WH Smith, Waterstones, Eason etc and many independent booksellers are participating, as are a number of school book clubs – Scholastic and Usborne Books At Home.

Please check before making a journey that your local store is participating.

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Q13. When will World Book Day 2017  be held?
A. Discussions are being held now to decide on a suitable and practical date for 2017 and the date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. It is likely to be the first Thursday in March 2017.

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Q14. I am a BFPO school, am I entitled to a pack free of charge?
A. Unless a BFPO has made an arrangement with a Book Club or supplier in advance we are not looking to send packs out separately. If they have made an arrangement with Usborne Books At Home, then this will already be covered as the main contact for UBAH has already made a substantial request for Euro book tokens for BFPO schools. If the BFPO school would like to receive a pack from us we will need to make a £6 charge, cheque payable to “The Educatino Company”. Please contact the Helpline with your details: wbd@education.co.uk

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Q15. The following types of establishments may be sent material:
Registering pre-school establishments – see the pre-school section on this site
Exclusion Units/Individuals educating excluded children
Hospitals/Hospices etc educating children in long term care
Immigration and asylum units that educate children internally

Q16. The following are not entitled to Book Tokens, as this would involve duplication:
Sunday Schools, after school clubs, school reading clubs, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides etc.

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Q17. What is the charge for additional copies of the Schools’ pack?
A. The charge for additional schools’ packs is £6 within the UK, and £6 plus carriage overseas. Cheques should be made payable to “The Education Company”.

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Q18. I’m a teacher—can I purchase the £1 Books to give away to my pupils?
A. No, you need to purchase them through a member of the Booksellers Association, but this is a brilliant way to make contact with your local bookseller. Find your local bookshops here

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Q19. I’m a librarian—can I get stock of the £1 Books and accept the £1 book tokens?
A. World Book Day book tokens can be redeemed by children in participating bookshops and you should direct children to your nearest participating bookshop. You can search for participating bookshops here

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Q20. Can I get stock of the £1 Books for display or loan?
A. If you contact your local bookshop, they may be able to help you. Books are supplied to bookshops at a cost of £5 per 50-copy pack, so you would need to buy the books from the bookseller at cost price, if they can supply them. If you intend to source the books for loan you would need to service them yourself.