We’re so excited for World Book Day, taking place this year on Thursday 7 March. This year’s celebrations promise to be bigger and better than ever, with loads of great books on the £1 book list and lots of brilliant free resources on the World Book Day website, for early years, primary and secondary schools.
We’ll be celebrating the day across all the different strands of our work. This year, World Book Day’s Share A Story Live events will be taking place in four local areas where we work. Two of our Hubs, Swindon and Bradford, will be hosting events, as well as Manchester in partnership with our Read Manchester campaign, and in Dundee where we work with the local library service.
Through our sport and literacy work, we’ll be giving out 10,000 books to children at football matches across the country. We’ve teamed up with the Premier League and WHSmith to make it happen, with over 30 football clubs giving out books to young fans and celebrating the day.
Our corporate partners are also getting involved, with volunteers from AXIS visiting five local primary schools on World Book Day to run Matilda-themed events. Penguin Random House will also be sending volunteers to schools who have taken part in the Puffin World of Stories programme as part of the day’s celebrations - and British Land, who are a funder for our Young Readers Programme, will be hosting a storyteller at their Paddington book pavilion for groups of children to visit.
There will be lots more to come including new research, new partnerships and brilliant resources, so watch this space…