World Book Day 2018

World Book Day on Thursday 1 March is a worldwide celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading.

Every pupil in the UK will receive a £1 book token, which can be exchanged for a World Book Day book or used to get £1 off a full price book.

The brilliant £1 books for 2018 are:

Age 3-5

Oi Goat! by Kes Gray

Age 5-7

My Book about Me by Adam Hargreaves

Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond

Age 7-11

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain

The Baby Brother from Outer Space by Pamela Butchart
Terry’s Dum Dot Story by Andy Griffiths
Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher
The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding
Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall

There are also a selection of full novels suitable for young teens available for £2.50 each:

Age 11-14

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Your child’s school or nursery is likely to have fun activities and events going on for World Book Day and there are lots of other ways that you and your child can get involved:

The Biggest Book Show on Earth

Prepare to be dazzled! This year there are two Biggest Book Show on Earth 30-minute online videos starring the World Book Day authors available to stream.

Sign up here to watch Illustrator Extravaganza or The Biggest Book Show on Earth: For Older Readers and don’t forget to tune in at midday on Wednesday 28 February!


Storycraft is World Book Day’s web-based storytelling tool, which takes children on a unique step-by-step journey to writing and sharing stories in different genres. All with the help of more than 50 top author Storyguides, who share their top tips and inspiration with budding young writers at every stage.

World of Stories

World Book Day’s World of Stories is where you can listen to audio excerpts of your favourite children’s books! There’s Hugless Douglas and Aliens Love Underpants in the picture books category, favourites for younger readers from Jill Murphy, Jeremy Strong and Roald Dahl, A Monster Calls and How to Train your Dragon in the fiction category, and Malorie Blackman, Cassandra Clare and Holly Smale for teen readers. All read by celebrities such as Joanna Lumley, Martin Clunes, David Walliamsand many, many more.

Visit for more competitions, videos and ideas.

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