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FAQs - World Book Day in lockdown
FAQs - World Book Day in lockdown

World Book Day

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  • How the World Book Day £1 books are chosen and published

    World Book Day offers every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. The £1 tokens and £1 books give all children the chance to experience choosing and owning a book – for free.

    The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers.

    World Book Day works with publishers to create a list of £1 books to appeal to a wide range of children at all ages, interests, and stages of reading.

    Publishers suggest titles and a selection panel chooses from these submissions. The selection panel includes a range of expert voices from libraries, communities, partner charities and retailers.

    The World Book Day trustees approve the final list.

    The chosen publishers then produce and publish the £1 books (covering all the costs).

    Booksellers buy the books from publishers and give them to children in exchange for the £1 token.

  • How to use the £1 token and receive a £1 book

     

     

     

    The £1 tokens and £1 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.

    In exchange for the £1 token children can receive a World Book Day £1 book for free, or get £1 off a full price title (€1.50 off in Ireland) any full price book or audiobook (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).

    Children can swap their £1 token for any of the World Book Day books at booksellers (including supermarkets). Find your nearest bookseller at booksaremybag.com.

    Children can use the ‘Look Insides’ on each of the £1 book pages to help them choose a book.

    The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers.

    The £1 books are also available for sale, for £1, from some retailers.

  • Find your local bookseller

    Booksellers take part in World Book Day because they want to help create the readers of the future. Bookshops are brilliant places to discover reading recommendations and to enjoy events with authors and illustrators.

    Bookshops help create the £1 token and £1 book exchange that is so important to World Book Day and to children.

    Bookshops give children the chance to experience choosing and owning a book – for free.

    Booksellers buy the books and give them to children in exchange for the £1 token.

    Your local bookseller might be on a high street or could be a supermarket. Find your nearest bookseller at booksaremybag.com.

  • Reaching all children

    World Book Day’s mission is to offer every child the opportunity to have a book of their own. We believe that every child should have the experience of choosing and owning a book – for free.

    We work with partners such as the National Literacy Trust and Read for Good to make an extra effort to reach children in areas of disadvantage.

  • Can I use my World Book Day token online?

    The World Book Day book tokens cannot be used for online purchases.

    Bookshops help to create the £1 token and £1 book exchange that is so important to World Book Day and to children.

    Booksellers give the £1 books to children for free in exchange for the £1 token. Online orders would include the costs of postage and packing, so would not be free.

    Bookshops are brilliant places to discover reading recommendations and to enjoy events with authors and illustrators. Booksellers take part in World Book Day because they want to help create the readers of the future.

    Your local bookseller might be on a high street or could be a supermarket. Find your nearest bookseller at booksaremybag.com.

  • How long is the £1 Book Token redemption period? 

    Children and families can start using their £1 Book Token from Thursday 17 February until Sunday 27 March.

  • What are the plans for World Book Day this year?

    In 2022 World Book Day will be 25 years old and every child and family is invited to join the celebrations. There will be special live and online birthday events, new inspiring video content for home and the classroom, as well as resources to engage children in reading.

    See our schools and families hubs for free resources including audiobooks, activity sheets, discussion guides, and videos with the World Book Day £1 authors and illustrators.

    And, reading can be for any day! Have a look at our Book Club, Reading Recommendations and Share A Story Corner for reading fun all year round.

  • How is World Book Day funded?

    World Book Day is funded by our sponsor National Book Tokens, a wide selection of publishers, and through other contributions, donations from a range of companies and fundraising.

    You can see our annual accounts here.

    You can find out more about how the World Book Day £1 token and £1 books exchange works here:

    You can find out how to fundraise for us here.

  • 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 Book Club, Reading Recommendations, Share 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 authors and illustrators.

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World Book Day® is a registered charity sponsored by National Book Tokens.