World Book Day, the annual celebration of books and reading for children and young people, has announced its all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday 2 March 2017. David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson are among the 'national treasures' who have written new stories to mark the occasion. These authors will each contribute an official World Book Day £1 book, which children can get for free in exchange for the £1 book token available to all schoolchildren in the UK.
Over the past 19 years, World Book Day UK has delivered 13 million £1 books into the hands of young people across the country. In 2016, the number of £1 books given away was 789,738.
This year's £1 books
The ten official World Book Day £1 books cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults. The official World Book Day 2017 illustrator is Liz Pichon, children's book writer and illustrator/creator of the Tom Gates series.
· Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
· Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster)
· Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
· Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
· Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion
· Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder)
· An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
· Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
· Island by David Almond (Hodder)
· Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)
Visit the World Book Day website from Friday 9 September 2016 for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter. Use #WorldBookDay20 for the latest news.
Don't forget Chatterbooks Week is taking place from 1 - 8 October 2016. It's a celebration of Chatterbooks children's reading clubs, the UK's largest network of children's reading groups and a great opportunity for libraries, schools and individuals across the UK to introduce children to the pleasure of reading and sharing books by encouraging children to join a group, taking part in activities, or setting up a new Chatterbooks group.
To find out more contact Kathleen Ktorides