The celebrate World Book Day in 2014, organisers have planned the Biggest Book Show on Earth event which will be available to schools on Thursday, with a host of writers and illustrators giving their hints and tips on different aspects of writing and drawing. Registration and details are available here, but the event – hosted by Dick & Dom – will guide pupils on: where to get ideas from; how to make fun facts; how to write about animals; how to decide what a character looks like; how to create sketches before illustrations; how to bring your imagination to life; and many more tips and hints to encourage the writing and/or drawing process.
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe and is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. 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.
To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token (or equivalent €1.50 book token in Ireland). The book token can be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day £1 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club. The World Book Day £1 book token will be valid from 3 March to 30 March 2014.
Now in its 17th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.
The full list of £1 books for 2014 is:
- Hello, Hugless Douglas!, David Melling (Hodder)
- Emily Gravett’s Little Book Day Parade, Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
- Barry Loser: I am not nit a Loser, Jim Smith (Egmont)
- Fun With the Worst Witch, Jill Murphy (Puffin Books)
- A Laura Marlin Mystery: The Midnight Picnic, Lauren St John (Orion)
- Horrible Histories: Terrible Trenches, Terry Deary, illustrated by Martin Brown (Scholastic)
- Middle School: How I Got Lost in London, James Patterson (Young Arrow)
- Jack Pepper, Sarah Lean (Harper Collins)
- Rock War: The Audition, Robert Muchamore (Hodder)
- The Boy in the Smoke, Maureen Johnson (Hot Key Books)
The Republic of Ireland €1.50 book for 2014 is:
- Milo and the Lost Warriors, Mary Arrigan (O’Brien)