Just a quick shout out for my favourite day of the year; World Book Day 2020 is on it's way!!! In just over a month, all over the UK and Ireland it will be time to celebrate the joy of reading and the love of books.
Now in its' 23rd year, on Thursday, 5 March children of all ages will come together to show their appreciation and excitement of reading. And it is usually very loud, always very happy! This is a very busy time for authors, illustrators and storytellers, for schools, libraries and bookshops as the doors are flung wide open, all in the name of reading for pleasure. There will be author visits, children dressed as their favourite book characters, parties, games and, of course, the release of this years' World Book Day books, specially created to mark the day.
Each year, a selection of books for children of all ages are published; 11 books in all. These books all cost only £1/ 1.50euro each. Or, if your child has a World Book Day book token (sent out to all schools that register with World Book Day), it's free! The World Book Day 2020 book tokens are valid between Thursday 27 February to Sunday 29 March 2020.
The object of this exercise is to make sure that every child can go into a bookshop and choose (from the WBD selection) a book of their keep. For some children, this is the one chance they have to chose their own book. I cannot tell you how important this is.
The selection this year is stupendous! And here they are:
As you can see...there's a little something for everybody.
Of course, as with all book tokens, the WBD book tokens can be used to get £1/1.50euro off any other book (one token per book, please), but with a selection like this, why not get a free book?
And, don't forget to pick up your free WBD2020 bookmarks! Designed by Rob Biddulph, these bookmarks introduce a whole new range of bookish characters and creatures to the World Book Day family. 32 new character bookmarks to choose from...I know I want  them all!
Now, here's some exciting news about Irelands' contribution (from the O'Brien Press) to World Book Day 2020. The book this year is the completely wonderful Where Are You, Puffling, written by Erika McGann, illustrated by Gerry Daly. It's a fun, rollicking Irish adventure as Puffling wanders off one morning on her own, meeting new friends and getting herself in a bit of a pickle. (I love it so much that I refuse to part with my hardback copy.) And it's yours for the staggering price of one WBD token.
But that's not all.... The National Trust loved it almost as much as I do and they have decided to celebrate this wonderful new character and invite nature-lovers young and old on a special WBD journey. 50 different locations under the care of the National Trust will be running special events for young bookworms. On the weekend of 7-8 March, these locations invite you to come along and set off on the Puffling Childrens' Trail!!! And do bring your WBD2020 book tokens along, as you will be able to exchange them on any of the sites hosting this brilliant event. (For locations of the Puffling Trail, see the link below.)

I now want to remind all the schools out there to double-check one thing. Have you registered with World Book Day? If not, you need to do that straight away to be sure your school will receive all the information it needs and to receive the World Book Day 2020 book tokens. (If you need to register, see the link below.)
And finally (phew!), the World Book Day site is filled with activities, news, resources, videos, name it, it's there. So if you find yourself wondering what you can do to celebrate World Book Day 2020, wonder no more.
With so much going on, there's no excuse to not get involved!


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