World Book Day 2011

World Book Day - special books and book tokens.

Nearly time for World Book Day. Most of the world celebrates this UNESCO desingated day on 23rd April, St George’s Day. But in the UK and Ireland it takes place in March (this year on the 3rd).

A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Children receive a World Book Day £1 Book Token (or equivalent €1.50 Book Token in Ireland), which can be exchanged for one of the six specially published World Book Day books or can be used as a £1 book token. These are obtained through schools, home education charities or direct from World Book Day Helpline on 01634 729810.

World Book Day, unlike BookStart is an independent charity, financed by contributions from publishers, National Book Tokens Ltd and others.

The website also has a nice selection of book character related games which we enjoy throughout the year.