World Book Day - 2 March 2017 World Book Day

March 2nd 2017 was the 20th World Book Day. World Book Day is a celebration of books to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading, by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

There are ten books which have been written especially for World Book Day and you can buy them with your World Book Day tokens which will be handed out in schools and nurseries. These exclusive books are available from participating bookstores - but we have also featured a selection of great books by these authors in this special section to mark World Book Day 2017.



More books about Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig: My Daddy

Suitable for Daddy Pig's and children everywhere, this book talks about how much Peppa and George love their daddy, with all his little quirks. Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/05/2011
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Peppa Pig: Happy Easter

Peppa, George and all their friends are celebrating Easter. Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen

Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It's a wonderfully celebratory day out... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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More books by Jacqueline Wilson

Reader ReviewedClover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she's bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
In her new book Jacqueline Wilson retells one of her own childhood favourites, Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did. She echoes the original closely: both Katys are bright, headstrong, daydreamers with big imaginations, unable to avoid trouble. Like the original,... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/12/2015
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More books by Claire Freedman

My Grandparents Love Me
Claire Freedman
Written in jaunty verse and with warm, hugely appealing illustrations this is a joyful tribute to the love between grandparents and a grandchild, and the very special times they have together. ‘I always feel wrapped up in love when I... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Oliver and Patch
Claire Freedman
January 2015 Book of the Month Claire Freedman's story of Oliver and Patch is guaranteed to warm hearts! Oliver is lonely in the big city until he finds a lost little dog and takes him home. In no time at... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Aliens Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
The best-selling story of the Aliens' delight in underpants now has the addition of sound! Aliens and pants both have special noises on the sound board and children will love joining in the story by pressing the buttons. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2012
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More books by Martin Handford

Reader ReviewedThe Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Where's Wally? Takes Flight Activity Book
Martin Handford
Join Wally and the gang as they take to the skies in this Where's Wally? Takes Flight Activity Book. Wally is going on an adventure up, up high in the skies. Join him (and don't forget to pack a pen... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Where's Wally? in Outer Space
Martin Handford
Play tangle line teasers, find your way out of a space race maze, unscramble muddled up words, crack alien codes, match and spot the differences in busy picture puzzles, get creative by colouring in, complete a planet hop game and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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More books by Enid Blyton

Where's Wally? The Colouring Book
Martin Handford
The colouring book of colouring books for kids and adults too! Bring busy Where's Wally? scenes to life by colouring them in and search for hundreds of things as you go. What colours will you choose? Can you... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/03/2016
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Island of Adventure
Enid Blyton
A surprise holiday at Craggy-Tops for Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot should have been perfect! With the sea breaking below them at the bottom of the cliff, Jack's delight at being surrounded by so many birds and... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Enid Blyton's Summer Stories
Enid Blyton
The summer holidays are made for reading Enid Blyton; no writer better understands the sheer pleasure of being out of school with empty days stretching ahead. There are all sorts of stories in this collection, lots of pixies and magic,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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More books by Francesca Simon

Five Run Away Together
Enid Blyton
August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Recently I was unpacking some boxes and I came across a small... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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Horrid Henry's Royal Riot
Francesca Simon
A bumper book of Horrid Henry! Four Horrid Henry titles are bound together in this handsome volume. The stories include Horrid Henry Meets the Queen which gives the collection its title and also Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter, Horrid Henry's... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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The Lost Gods
Francesca Simon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 Best-selling Francesca Simon tells a second hilarious story about what happens when the Norse gods turn up in a very 21st century London. Having been involved in saving the gods from... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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More books by Julia Donaldson

The Scarecrows' Wedding
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have paired up again for a rollickingly good picture book. Scarecrows Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay have stood next to each other in a field for some time. Now they are planning to get... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 06/10/2016
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A Treasury of Songs
Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson was writing lively, irresistible songs for children even before she was writing her much-loved books, and 23 of those songs are collected in this lovely book. Lots of the subjects will be familiar to children – there's a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 06/10/2016
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A Twist of Tales
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 No-one knows better than Julia Donaldson how to tell a story for young readers. There are three fairy tales in this appealing collection, each told simply but with a bounce and narrative brio that will keep the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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More books by David Walliams

Harry Miller's Run
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award-winning David Almond tells a lively story which captures the exuberance of a trio of lads and one girl who set off one hot summer morning to run from their homes in Newcastle... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone's favourite storyteller! The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/11/2016
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The Bear Who Went Boo!
David Walliams
As all little children know, there's great fun to be had in jumping out and shouting ‘Boo!'. The little polar bear star of David Walliams's new picture book likes nothing more than to surprise his neighbours in this way, though... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 07/04/2016
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More books by David Almond

Awful Auntie
David Walliams
February 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life, the dreadful aunt Alberta has squandered the family fortunes. Following... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the stories in this collection, beautifully told and quite profound, are... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedHalf a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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More books by Michael Grant

Reader ReviewedThe Tattooed Heart
Michael Grant
I wanted to touch the boy who was not to be touched. The Messenger of Fear exists to punish the wicked, to restore balance in a world where evil seems to be everywhere. He offers sinners one terrible choice: play...or... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedGone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Bzrk
Michael Grant
The most breathtaking and exhilarating ride you will take this year, this is the first in an incredible new action thriller series from Michael Grant, author of Gone. Other titles from the YA imprint Electric Monkey include: Code Name... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/02/2012
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More books by Judi Curtin

Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure | Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2016
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Viva Alice!
Judi Curtin
Three girls and the sun and sand of Lanzarote! What can possibly go wrong?? Megan and Alice have been best friends forever. Now they are off on holiday with their friend Grace and they are looking forward to relaxing by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2014
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Leave it to Eva
Judi Curtin
Judi Curtin takes us straight into the story in a lively and believable way. Eva is off to Seacove on holiday and looking forward to meeting her friend Kate again but discovers that there is a mystery about Kate which... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2012
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WBD director Kirsten Grant: “Literacy standards are in jeopardy and for so many children today, books are not present in their lives. WBD gives them the opportunity to select and own a book of their own—often for the first time. It’s also a moment to celebrate the wildly imaginative landscape of books for children and young people, and the fun and pleasure that can be derived from a good book.”

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Liz Pichon, author and illustrator of the hugely popular Tom Gates series is the World Book Day 2017 illustrator.

She created all the illustrations for the World Book Day website and the branding attached.

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Over 14 million World Book Day tokens will be distributed in schools. When you get your token take it to your nearest participating bookshop (find your nearest here!) and swap it for one of these great books!

Here is the full list of all the £1 World Book Day books. Follow the book link to be directed to the World Book Day website for more information about each book. And find out more about the authors & illustrators, & other books they have written, by clicking on their name.

Peppa Loves World Book Day

Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford

The Famous Five; Good Old Timmy by Enid Blyton

Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon

Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt

A Story for World Book Day by David Walliams

Island by David Almond

Dead of Night by Michael Grant

And the O'Brien Press Exclusive Irish World Book Day Book

Fast Forward by Judi Curtin

Or if you'd prefer you can use your token to get £1 off any full priced book instead.



Your World Book Day Book Tokens are valid from Monday 27 February–Sunday 26th March 2017.

For more information visit www.WorldBookDay.com or join in the conversation on the World Book Day facebook page and on twitter @WorldBookDayUK


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