• ‘THE Biggest Book Show On Earth’ Will Tour The Uk & Ireland With Six Events And 35 Top Authors And Illustrators
• World Book Day Searches For The Nation’s Favourite Stories To Share In A Poll Set To Close On 15 January
• World Book Day Award To Return In Association With Sir Chris Hoy, Joanna Nadin And Clare Elsom’s Flying Fergus Series • The World’s Biggest Celebration Of Reading For Pleasure, World Book Day, Returns On Thursday 1 March 2018
World Book Day has, today, revealed their full plans for 2018. As a celebratory offering for young people, they have announced a selection of Young Adult titles. This year, the charity, whose mission is to celebrate reading for pleasure and encourage children and young people to read and love books, has developed a new offering specifically for teen and young adult readers as part of its 21st World Book Day celebrations. The charity have also announced the line up for ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ nationwide tour, with top authors and illustrators touring the UK and Ireland, and the return of the World Book Day Award, in partnership with Piccadilly Press’s Flying Fergus series.
Working with booksellers and publishers, World Book Day are targeting teenagers and young adults in their own online spaces as well as offering a choice of books instore, encouraging a celebration of books and reading.
The special edition full-length titles will be available at the exclusive price of £2.50 or £1.50 with a World Book Day token (special World Book Day editions in participating retailers only) and include favourites John Green (An Abundance of Katherines), Frances Hardinge (Fly by Night), Penny Joelson (I Have No Secrets), Taran Matharu (Summoner: The Novice) and Benjamin Zephaniah (Gangsta Rap).
In line with the titles, World Book Day will present BOOKCLUBBING, an exciting new movement encouraging teenagers to spread the word about their favourite stories and make a noise about books online and in real life. Alongside activity on World Book Day itself, the charity will be running a national tour of author/illustrator events in theatre venues around the country,‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’, from 26 February to 3 March. The stellar line-up for 2018, which will feature 35 authors and illustrators and visit six locations throughout the UK and Ireland includes:
Atinuke, Clare Balding, Jennifer Bell, Pamela Butchart, Cathy Cassidy, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Cressida Cowell, Adrian Edmondson, Abi Elphinstone, Olaf Falafel, Kes Gray & Jim Field, Tom Fletcher, Andy Griffiths, Nadiya Hussain, Derek Landy, Jonathan Meres, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, E.R. Murray, David O’Doherty & Chris Judge, Dermot O’Leary, Liz Pichon, Gerard Siggins, Francesca Simon, Holly Smale, Alex T. Smith and Katherine Woodfine. All events on the tour will be hosted by author, Steven Butler.
Host cities for this year’s tour are: Dublin, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Doncaster, Brighton and Newcastle. In each location, World Book Day will work closely with local partners to bring the events to life, arranging bookselling and coordinating with local schools to invite children to attend. The event in Newcastle will be open to family public audiences for the first time, with booking now open. In addition to these dates, there will be two 30-minute exclusive online ‘specials’, including an Illustrator Extravaganza, available for schools, bookshops and libraries to stream from the World Book Day website.
The charity are also bringing back the incredibly successful World Book Day Award (WoBoD) for the fourth year, which gives schools the opportunity to win life-changing libraries of books. In 2017 the WoBoD competition involved over 76,000 children, their families and communities, themed around A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, published by Walker Books. This year, World Book Day are excited to partner with Piccadilly Press, theming the award on the Flying Fergus series of books by Sir Chris Hoy, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom. All three will join the judging panel, with £20,000 of books to be bought in local bookshops to be won.. For the first time, every single child that enters will also receive a certificate signed by the Flying Fergus team and the winning school will be visited by Chris Hoy, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom to receive their prize.
As well as celebrating the joy of reading, this year’s key ‘Share A Story’ theme encourages adults, parents and older siblings to participate by reading and sharing stories and books with family, friends and colleagues alike. The ‘Share a Story’ theme will be mobilising the nation to ‘TAKE 10’ and recognise the positive impact that reading together for only 10 minutes a day can have on a child’s outcome. Parents, teachers and children are encouraged to go beyond
dressing up on World Book Day to reignite a love of shared reading and the sense of wellbeing that it brings.
To give parents and children ideas of what to read next, World Book Day have launched a nationwide poll to find the nation’s favourite #storiestoshare. The search is on to find the ultimate list of the nation’s 100 favourite stories to share for children and young people of all ages. The shortlist, which is open for voting, features crowd-sourced “must-shares”, with favourites from authors, illustrators, teachers, children and young people, librarians, booksellers, literacy experts, reviewers and parents. The public are encouraged to vote for their favourites across four categories; picture books, 5-8s, 9-12s and teenagers. The shortlist has been created to give voters inspiration and spark discussion and debate, but World Book Day also want to encourage the nation’s readers to add their own personal favourites if they feel a special story is missing. The Share A Story poll, sponsored by National Book Tokens and in association with Fun Kids Radio, is now live and the final list of the Top 100 Stories To Share will be revealed for World Book Day 2018.
World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the UK and Ireland’s entire book industry works proactively together to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future. Last year, over £670,000 was raised for charity in association with World Book Day and over 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed, enabling 1 in 4 children (1 in 3 for those receiving free school meals) to ‘purchase’ their first ever book*. Research by the National Literacy Trust* has indicated that of the nation’s 8-11-year-olds, 89.5% are aware of World Book Day and in 2016, 60% were inspired to read more by the celebration of reading.
Over the past 20 years, World Book Day UK has distributed over 290 million £1 book tokens to children and young people across the country. It was first marked in the UK in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards in children. It is now a global phenomenon. For 2018, titles chosen will offer a message of inclusivity, through the authors, illustrations, stories and a wide assortment of characters, enabling young readers to see the world in which they live reflected between the pages.
The World Book Day books for 2018 in full:
• Oi Goat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Mr Men: My Book About Me By Mr Silly written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, original concept by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont)
• The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
• Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: A Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
• The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross (Puffin)
• Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries (Puffin)
• The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts (Andersen Press)
• Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall (DK)
• Rugby Roar by Gerard Siggins (O’Brien Press)
Teen & Young Adult:
• An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Penguin)
• Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
• I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Egmont)
• Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu (Hachette)
• Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)
World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 March 2018. From late February 2018, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries, preschools and schools, which they can use to claim their free World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26 February to 25 March 2018, or to put towards the £2.50 special edition YA titles, enabling them to purchase them for just £1.50.
Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.
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