World Book Day is the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where book industries in over 100 countries work hard to address falling literacy levels and inspire readers of the future. It encourages young people to pick up a book by sharing £1 book vouchers with children and young adults – a whopping 290 million vouchers have been distributed over the past 20 years, and last year, stats from the National Literary Trust showed that 89.5 percent of children in the UK were aware of, or had engaged with World Book Day.
For 2018, the theme is ‘Share a Story’, encouraging people of all ages to read and share their favourite stories and books with family, friends and colleagues, and reminding us all to ‘TAKE 10’ every day – reading for just 10 minutes a day can have fantastic benefits on our wellbeing. This year also welcomes the return of the popular World Book Day Award (WoBoD), giving schools the opportunity to win life-changing libraries.
In Newcastle, the ‘Share a Story’ theme will be put into practice at The Biggest Book Show on Earth at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, in partnership with Seven Stories and The National Centre for Children’s Books. The all-star line-up of famous authors and illustrators includes Julian Clary, Clare Balding and Tom Fletcher and you’ll even have chance to speak to these stars when they sign copies of their books after the event.
The Biggest Book Show on Earth takes place at 10am on 3rd March and tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office, on 08448 11 21 21 or online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk
DON’T FORGET TO…
Stock up on these great cut-price books for your children
AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
To celebrate World Book Day, a number of brilliant young adult novels are being sold at a reduced price: among them, John Green’s novel about a child prodigy who has dated 19 different girls named Katherine. £2.50, Penguin
FLY BY NIGHT
This children’s fantasy novel was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize, and for good reason: it tells the story of warring factions in a world of occult occurrences, all of whom come together in a good old-fashioned fight. £2.50, Macmillan
I HAVE NO SECRETS
The hero of this thriller from Penny Joelson is 14-year-old Jemma, who has severe cerebral palsy. Jemma is confronted with an incredible, terrible secret – and has to do something about it that will push her beyond her usual boundaries. £2.50, Egmont
SUMMONER: THE NOVICE
The first instalment of a New York Times-bestselling triology, The Novice tells the story of Fletcher, a humble blacksmith’s apprentice, who discovers he can summon demons from another world at a whim – a power that causes him problems in his village.
One of the world’s best-known authors has allowed his 2004 classic to be released at a discounted price for World Book Day. Ray is a school dropout who realises he has a talent for music, but the world in which he finds himself has hidden depths and dangers. £2.50, Bloomsbury
NADIYA’S BAKE ME A STORY
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya has compiled 15 stories and recipes to cook alongside them so you can spend more time with your children while teaching them important cooking skills. £1, Hodder Children’s Books