World Book Day 2021 Announcements

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In 2021 World Book Day, just like everything else, will be different. We’ve adapted to make sure that World Book Day sends a powerful and positive message about books and reading, even in lockdown.

For more information about how World Book Day will happen in 2021, please visit our FAQs

We are thrilled to share with you all the exciting new developments we have in store for this year’s World Book Day campaign. We have the new World Book Day Book Club and Share a Story corner, as well as the exciting new line-up for 2021’s £1 books.

Our Author & Illustrator Academy videos are now live! These include all of our brilliant £1 book authors and illustrators, with lots of exciting challenges and activities to make reading even more fun and interactive. 

Our Share a Story Live Events will encourage even more children to get involved in reading for pleasure, so be sure to save the date and tune in. 

Check out all the new World Book Day books here. Alongside the 12 new titles, we have one exclusive World Book Day Ireland £1 book and a new World Book Day Welsh title.

We’re also offering you sneak peeks inside all the brilliant new £1 books, to help you decide which one to pick! Take a look here

At The Bookseller’s Conference 2020, we announced all our plans for the World Book Day 2021 campaign. The conference took place as a live digital event, and it was great to see so many people tune in and have such enthusiastic responses. Our CEO Cassie Chadderton spoke with three of our brilliant £1 book authors about what World Book Day means to them, and how storytelling can be more important than ever in times like these. Our exciting panelists were:   

Joseph Coelho, author of Luna Loves World Book Day. 

Katherine Rundell, author of Skysteppers.

Sita Brahmachari, author of The River Whale. 

We also shared updates about the very exciting new projects we have coming up: Share a Story Corner and World Book Day Book Club! Our campaign plan for the upcoming years will aim to reach more children that ever before. We want to make sure every child has access to books, and our upcoming events – all digital for the year ahead – will help children enjoy reading for pleasure as a life-long habit. 

The new £1 books will be available from February 2021.

Registration for World Book Day 2021 has now closed. To check the status of your registration, please email Read more about the £1 book line-up here.