World Book Day 2021
World Book Day: changing lives through a love of books and shared reading
World Book Day’s mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income (Source: OECD)
- 3 in 10 of children receiving free school meals say the book they receive with their WBD book token was the first book they had of their own (Source: National Literacy Trust).
- 62.3% children read more books, 46.1% share more books with family and friends, 42% buy more books as a result of World Book Day (Nielsen, Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer, 2019)
St Barnabas Roald Dahl Day Activities
Author and Illustrator Academy
What is the Author & Illustrator Academy?
The Author & Illustrator Academy beams authors & illustrators right into classrooms so children can meet the creative minds behind their favourite books. Choose which Academy lesson to pick and then press play and let our brilliant authors and illustrators lead you.
Free Audio Books
Enjoy brand new, FREE audiobooks while you get ready for World Book Day 2021!
Whether you’re reading together with the family, or listening in your own time, find your next audiobook to tune into here!
Share a story: Live Events
Here's some extra special FREE digital events. And what an amazing line-up it is too. You can watch them LIVE on the World Book Day website or their YouTube channel – and they’ll remain on YouTube for you to watch back time and time again!
Look forward to a star-studded cast of authors, illustrators and hosts – all here to help you celebrate the most exciting booky day of the year!
The exciting line-up includes:
Wednesday 3rd March, 10.30am – Books that Make you LOL!
Starring: Humza Arshad, Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton (Football School), Jonny Duddle and Zanib Mian
Hosted by Kenny Baraka, motivational speaker
Thursday 4th March, 10.30am – World Book Day special – Bringing Reading to Life
Starring: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks and special guest Rob Biddulph
Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter
Friday 5th March, 10.30am – Books and the Real World
Starring: Sita Brahmachari, Jess French and Katherine Rundell
Hosted by Jessie Cave, actor and podcaster
Each event will last approximately 30 minutes.
The £1 book tokens can be swapped for one of our exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books available from participating booksellers or used to get £1 off any full price book or audiobook instead (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99. The World Book Day £1 books are a gift from booksellers, who fully fund the cost of the £1 book token redemptions.