World Book Day Ireland

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A Chairde, we are delighted to be celebrating World Book Day in Ireland on Thursday 2nd March 2017. Over the last 20 years (yes, it’s our 20th anniversary in 2017!), World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. This may sound like a very simple idea, but unfortunately, many children do not have access to books in their homes.

Find out about the ten World Book Day €1.50 books for 2016 here.

fast-forward-finalAlong with those titles there is an additional book available in Ireland only. Published by O’Brien Press, Fast Forward by Judi Curtin will be available from 20th February 2017.

The 2017 resource packs for primary and secondary schools will be available online from November 2016.

Don’t forget that you can now also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We will have lots of great competitions and giveaways as well as news, info and reading resources.

As always, happy reading!

General Information

All 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 0906 265 0004 (calls to this number cost £1.00 per minute from most landlines. Mobile operators may charge more) or

The Irish Helpline operates for a limited period around World Book Day—please contact it on:

Secondary schools are required to register to participate. For 2017, 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 €25 administration fee payable after 30 November 2016

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 Education Direct, WBD’s mailing house, you will not receive any WBD material. To rectify this situation, please contact the Helpline at

General Enquiries:
Press Enquiries: Jenny Sharif at Kate Bowe PR: