Celebrating World Book Day (March 2nd 2017)
Book Week is a celebration of reading for pleasure where schools, libraries and venues all over the UK hold events and activities aimed at encouraging children to view reading as a source of pleasure, explore libraries and bookshops and even start writing themselves.
The festival takes place around World Book Day, usually the first Thursday in March of every year. Activities often involve dressing-up as a character from a much-loved children's book, be it anything from the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar to Harry Potter.
World Book Day itself has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
World Book Day 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 toexplore 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 £1books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.