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Don’t let the weather get you down on World Book Day

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Carry on celebrating, here’s how:

We are aware that there have been school closures due to the inclement weather conditions across the country and expect these to continue tomorrow, on World Book Day. We’re so pleased that children are looking forward to going to school to celebrate World Book Day but strongly encourage event organisers to be safe and practical as they make decisions regarding changing plans.

World Book Day is about encouraging children and young people to read and love books and, whatever the weather, 15 million £1 book tokens are already with Schools and will be distributed to children across the UK and Ireland, allowing them to visit their local bookseller to choose one of ten exclusive World Book Day books for free or to receive £1 off a book of their choice, including the £2.50 YA selection. We will be extending the token redemption period to 31st March 2018 to ensure that everyone is able to use them.

We know a great deal of children and young people will have put effort into activities for tomorrow. We’re encouraging schools to Share a Story and celebrate World Book Day as and when they can, in whatever way they can, so that children can celebrate reading, share stories with their teachers and peers, and so time and effort spent on costumes does not go to waste.

In the meantime, if you find yourself snowed in tomorrow, go ahead and celebrate World Book Day anyway, dress up if you’d like to, but most importantly, find time in the day to share a story, to read, to enjoy books. You can participate on social media with #shareastory and tune in to our to online book shows here.