book imagesYesterday we all celebrated books. Wonderful, entertaining, tear- jerking books. It must be my favourite day of the whole year: an opportunity to focus on books and encourage our kids to do the same, dressing up as their favourite character, taking their favourite book to school, swapping books with a friend… revelling in the wonderful pages and even taking part in book sales, story time  or reading marathons at some schools.

But my very favourite part of World Book Day is the initiative in the UK to hand out book tokens to children. Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 14 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland). The lucky child then has only to swap it for a (exclusive, new and completely free) £1 World Book Day books!

Ten books have been chosen for this year’s list, ranging from the wonderful, colourful Elmer’s Parade by David McKee for 2- year olds, up to the thought- provoking Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgewick, suitable for Young Adults.

As my family is not living in the UK at the moment I can only read about this excellent initiative, and wish that it was taking place worldwide. Hopefully children across the UK and Ireland will take advantage of the offer, and read something new. And hopefully in the future it will spread to all corners of the world.

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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