World Book Day – March 1st 2012

World Book Day – March 1st 2012 1World Book Day is a celebration of everything to do with reading. It commemorates books, authors, illustrators, and most importantly, it aims to encourage people of all ages to start reading. It is celebrated in over 100 countries, all over the world, and has proved to be so popular that this is its 15th outing. Although World Book Day is accessible to all ages, its main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and it does this by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. To this end, any schools, nurseries or secondary schools that have specially registered to participate, will receive packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs. These contain activities and ideas that are age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary, and display material and heaps more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

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But that’s not all. With much thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, millions of book vouchers to children and young people will be sent out. That’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country. These lucky children can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of EIGHT (exclusive, new and completely free) books. The eight books are as follows: Magic Molly: The Clever Little Kitten, by Holly Webb; The ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ Song, by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks; Winnie Flies Again, by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul; Where’s Wally Now?, by Martin Handford; Roald Dahl’s Fantabulous Facts, by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake; How To Train Your Dragon: The Day Of The Dreader, by Cressida Cowell; Big Day Out, by Jacqueline Wilson and Skulduggery Pleasant: The End Of The World, by Derek Landy. If they do not fancy one of the eight free books, alternatively, they can use the voucher provided to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club. So how can you get involved in this amazing project? By visiting these links: nursery, primary and secondary, where you can download the new packs. And you can also visit the Resources Section, which is chock full of exciting and fun resources, all based on your favourite books, brands, characters and authors.

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World Book Day is all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future. When you remember the pleasure you get from immersing yourself into a new book your favourite author has just written, and how you feel when you’ve finished reading it, isn’t it a duty to pass this onto the next generation of children? And a well read person is so easy to spot I always think. With an increased use of the vernacular, an all consuming thirst for knowledge and a well placed open mind, reading provides so much more than just a good story.

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For more information about World Book Day please get in touch via the following ways:

Email wbd@education.co.uk

Phone 01634 729810

Fax 01634 290175

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