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World Book Day Ireland « Back

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A Chairde, we are delighted to be celebrating World Book Day in Ireland on Thursday 3rd March 2022. Over the last 25 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading for children and young people. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading. This may sound like a very simple idea, but unfortunately, many children do not have access to books in their homes. At World Book Day, we provide children with an opportunity to have a book of their own. Along with all the World Book Day £1/€1.50 books, we have two exclusive Irish published titles, one in English and one in Irish.

To discover all the ways you can celebrate World Book Day this year, have a look at our schools and nurseries hub, here.

We’re very excited to announce that for World Book Day 2022 for the first time ever readers will have the opportunity to choose between two Irish published titles! The Irish language title, Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí is the winner of the 2021 Réics Carló Award (Book of the Year for Young Readers one of the An tOireachtas Publishing Awards) and will be available in a special World Book Day edition that can be exchanged for the €1.50 tokens with support from Foras na Gaeilge and An tOireachtas.  For more information on the title, visit here.

And the English language title, Deadly Irish History! Fun with the Celts and the Vikings by John Farrelly, which is from The O’Brien Press. For more information on the title, visit here.

Foras na GaeilgeAn tOireachtas




Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí by Bridget Bhreathnach, illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald, published by Futa Fata

Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí







Deadly! Irish History: Fun with the Celts and the Vikings! by John Farrelly, published by O’Brien Press

Fun With the Celts and the Vikings







For more information, visit here.

General Information

All material, including Euro Book Tokens, is sent in bulk to Ireland and is despatched to schools by the Irish Department of Education. All Primary and Secondary schools in Ireland automatically receive tokens. There is no need to register.

Your tokens and information packs should be with you by mid February 2022.

Other establishments, including nurseries do not receive tokens automatically. There is limited stock available on request via the Irish email: [email protected]. This operates for a limited period around World Book Day.

You should also use this email address if you do not receive enough tokens for your school.

Please note, if as a Primary or Secondary school, you have previously opted out of receiving mailings from The Education Company, WBD’s mailing house based in England, you will not receive any WBD material. To rectify this situation, please contact the Helpline at [email protected]

General Enquiries: [email protected]
Press Enquiries: Jenny Sharif at Bowe Communications: [email protected]


Every World Book Day hundreds of book related events take place across Ireland in schools, libraries and bookshops.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page or Twitter feed for events happening in your area.

If you are from a school or a library and would like to hold an event for World Book Day start planning now. If you are looking for an author, the Writers in Schools scheme or the Irish children’s book publishers can help. Make sure you make contact well in advance for any request. If you have a particular author in mind, make sure to contact them as early as possible. Many of the well-known authors tend to book out very quickly. Some publishers will also provide posters and display material to your school free of charge.

For more information on the Writers in Schools Scheme log on to Poetry Ireland here or phone on 01-6789815 or email Anna at [email protected]. You can also upload details of your event to the Events area of this site.

Do organise an event and help us celebrate World Book Day and continue the work over the 20 years that has seen World Book Day promote reading in Ireland, celebrating books and opening up the benefits of reading for everyone. If you have any photos of the events you organised last year please email them to [email protected] and we will post them on our Facebook page.

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