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We will be celebrating World Book Day on 7 March 2024. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, then please email hi@worldbookday.com

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How does the £1/€1.50 token exchange work for booksellers and publishers?

The £1/€1.50 token for book exchange is a contribution to World Book Day’s charitable purpose to encourage reading for pleasure.  Nearly 1m children in the UK don’t have a book of their own. World Book Day’s £1/€1.50 books are the first book some children own (including 1 in 5 children receiving free school meals).

Publishers produce and pay for the costs of producing the £1/€1.50 books. Booksellers buy the £1/€1.50 books from publishers to gift to children in exchange for their £1/€1.50 book token. The £1/€1.50 is not reimbursed.

It’s important to World Book Day’s charitable purpose that children can access their books, using the token, for free. To find out more about the process click here.

To find out more about how booksellers can work with World Book Day click here.

What is the theme for World Book Day this year?

World Book Day doesn’t suggest a theme, instead we hope that schools and families encourage children to read for pleasure, focussing on the 6 elements of reading for pleasure.

How does World Book Day limit expense for families?

We want to make sure that all children, regardless of household income, can take part in World Book Day and be encouraged to read for pleasure. We suggest lots of ways to make sure World Book Day celebrations are inclusive, no-cost and fun for everyone. Visit £1/€1.50 book token and book and Celebrating World Book Day Resources  for more.

How do I use the digital token?

If you would like to know more about how to use the digital token please click here.

How can I apply for a digital token?

If you would like to know more about registering for a digital token please click here.

Who can register for the £1/€1.50 tokens?

If you’d like to know more about who can register for our £1/€1.50 tokens please click here to find out more.

How do children receive a World Book Day £1/€1.50 Token?

The £1/€1.50 tokens and £1/€1.50 books give all children the chance to choose and own a book – for free.

World Book Day, in partnership with schools and others, distributes the £1/€1.50 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people. Click here to find out more.

What is World Book Day’s approach to diversity and inclusion?

It’s vital that World Book Day encourages even more children to be readers.  That’s why World Book Day aims to be an ally to all children, making sure that all can see themselves represented in what we do, and make a deep connection with what they read. To find out more about our approach click here.

Do you have copies of previous £1/€1.50 Books?

World Book doesn’t manage the stock of £1/€1.50 books, but some booksellers and supermarkets are able to donate leftover books to schools or community groups. Alternatively, your local library may have our £1/€1.50 books.

Find your local bookshop here.

How does World Book Day work in Wales?

We work with Books Council Wales  to have an exclusive £1 book title for Wales each year in the Welsh language and resources for teachers.

You can find out more about World Book Day 2023 in Wales here.

How does World Book Day work in the Republic of Ireland?

We work with partners in the Republic of Ireland ensure there are exclusive €1.50 titles for Ireland, including in the Irish language and materials for teachers. World Book Day materials, including €1.50 World Book Day book tokens are sent to schools in Ireland by the Irish Department of Education.

You can find out more about World Book Day 2023 in Ireland here. Please send enquiries to wbd@education.co.uk.

Is World Book Day just one day or is there reading activity all year round?

World Book Day is a time for us all to celebrate reading together, but reading is for every day. Have a look at our Activity BankReading RecommendationsShare A Story Corner for reading fun all year round.

You can also see our schools and families hubs for free resources including audiobooks, activity sheets, discussion guides, and videos with the World Book Day £1/€1.50 authors and illustrators.