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World Book Day announces 2022 £1 books for their 25th anniversary year

World Book Day 2022 will be the charity's 25th anniversary and will feature a particular focus on reaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them discover a love for reading. They, like us, want to encourage all children to love reading because  it's one of the most important ways to improve their life chances. 

Although year to date, 1 in 3 books bought was a children's book, reading for pleasure is in decline and nearly 400,000 children in the UK don't have books at home.

That's what World Book Day and communities like LoveReading4Kids and LoveReading4Schools are all about 

The 2022 illustrator will be Allen Fatimaharan, best known for bringing the Llama Out Loud books to life.

The £1 World Book Day books for 2022 are:

For beginners

Hey Duggee: The World Book Day Badge by Ladybird

Rocket Rules: Ten Little Ways to Think Big! by Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Dinosaur Roar and Friends! by Jeanne Willis and Peter Curtis

For early readers 

Grimwood: Five Freakishly Funny Fables by Nadia Shireen

Jemima the Pig and the 127 Acorns by Michael Morpurgo

The Worst Class in the World in Danger! by Joanna Nadin, illustrated by Rikin Parekh

My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of True or False by Matt Lucas, illustrated by Sarah Horne

For fluent readers

Peak Peril: A High-rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Think Like a Boss: Discover the Skills That Turn Great Ideas into CASH by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Adam Hayes

The Wizard and Me: More Misadventures of Bubbles the Guinea Pig by Simon Farnaby, illustrated by Claire Powell

And, for independent readers

The Last Word by Ben Bailey Smith 

Boy, Missing by Sophie McKenzie 

In Ireland readers can also get their hands on Deadly! Irish History: Fun with the Celts and the Vikings! by John Farrelly.

There will be an additional £1 Welsh-language book available only in Wales, which will be confirmed by the Books Council of Wales shortly.

Michael Morpurgo commented: "World Book Day is a moment when we sound the trumpets for books and children, bringing children to books and books to children... World Book Day have been doing this now for 25 years and it's made a huge difference. There are many kids who do not have so many books at home. This is a wonderful way for children to access and enjoy books, and I'm delighted to be involved in 2022."

Sharna Jackson added: "I'm so thrilled to be one of World Book Day's authors for 2022—it's a dream come true. I absolutely love World Book Day and everything they do; they work really hard to get books into the hands of children who need them the most, opening up imaginations and opening up worlds." 

World Book Day is on 3rd March 2022.

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