Created in 1995 by UNESCO, World Book Day is an annual event that is celebrated in over 100 countries across the world. It was founded to develop and encourage a lifelong love of reading in childhood.

The first UK event took place in 1995 and since then schools across the country have taken part, encouraging children of all ages dress up and celebrate their favourite books and literary characters.

Reading for just ten minutes every day during childhood is the single biggest indicator of future success so it can make a significant difference to their adult lives.

World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure and gives every child the opportunity to have a book of their own as well as encouraging them to use our local libraries.

National Book tokens have sponsored World Book Day for over twenty years and give all children the chance to own a book of their own.  Bookshops all over the country take part and accept the tokens that are distributed at schools to get free books or discounted prices.

1 in 5 children receiving free school meals say the book they receive with their £1 book token was the first book they had of their own.

To find out more information about World Book day please click here.

To find out about National Book Tokens and the retailers taking part click here.


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