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World Book Day and Arts Council England

World Book Day and Arts Council England

World Book Day has received £95,000 from Arts Council England in 2021 and 2022. This project grant funding is allowing World Book Day to take forward three projects to grow reading for pleasure for children and young people.

1) Gaining an insight to engage more strongly with older children and young people.

We are exploring the role that reading plays in the lives of older children, and what would increase their engagement and confidence as readers.

World Book Day is working with the National Literacy Trust on a series of engagement exercises, in the form of focus groups and youth panels, to understand more about how World Book Day can be effective for this age-group.

2) Reaching communities most in need

We are working with a range of partners to reach less engaged readers and disadvantaged communities to encourage reading and enable wider access to books.

  • With Libraries Connected and the National Literacy Trust (NLT) we are bringing World Book Day to 14 of the most deprived communities across the UK.
  • With Read for Good we are working to deliver the WBD £1 titles to schools in areas of high deprivation.
  • With David Kendall, a prison reading specialist, we distribute the £1 books to all 135 prisons in the UK, for the imprisoned parent and their families to read together during visits.

3) Showcasing authors from diverse backgrounds in our £1 book selection

We want to represent a range of backgrounds and experiences in our work, including in our selection of £1 books. In 2022 we can cover the costs of a smaller publisher to publish a £1 book and in doing so showcase more authors from diverse backgrounds to children and families.

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