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We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Design a National Book Token competition for World Book Day 2021. For World Book Day 2021, National Book Tokens and World Book Day challenged young bookworms across the UK and Ireland to make their mark on their very own National Book Tokens gift card.

The National Book Tokens panel judged thousands of imaginative designs and whittled down the entries to the final six.

The winner and runner-up in each of the three age categories has won up to £450/€505 of National Book Tokens for themselves and their school – just think of all those beautiful new books. 

This year’s winners are:

Overall Winner

Maia, age 15,

Thetford Grammar School, Thetford

Maia’s design will be made into a real National Book Tokens gift card, available in bookshops in time for Christmas. The judges loved Maia’s creative digital art, which captures some of the fantastical adventures that stories can take us on. The design is also emblazoned with a term all booklovers can all relate to: ‘abibliophobia (uh-bib-li-uh-fo-bee-yuh). The fear of running out of things to read’. Congratulations, Maia!

Winners in each age category

Up to 8 Years
Winner: Preksha, age 8, Presentation Junior School, Mullingar, Ireland
Runner-up: Reagan, age 8, Invicta Primary School, London

9-12 Years
Winner: Juthika, age 12, Presentation Primary National School, Drogheda, Ireland 
Runner-up: Aasiyah, age 12, Madrasatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya School, Bolton

13-16 Years
Winner: Maia, age 15, Thetford Grammar School, Thetford
Runner-up: Zahra, age 15, Camden School for Girls, London

FIRST PRIZE in each age range wins:

  • £250/€285 National Book Tokens for the school
  • £100/€110 National Book Tokens for the child
  • £100/€110 National Book Tokens for the teacher*

SECOND PRIZE in each age range wins:

  • £150/€170 National Book Tokens for the school
  • £50 /€60 National Book Tokens for the child
  • £50 /€60 National Book Tokens for the teacher*

*If the entry was submitted by a teacher. 

Congratulations to all our amazing winners!

World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland.