World Book Day: a round-up of this year’s £1 books


Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by Leo Stevens

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Thursday 5 March is World Book Day – a day dedicated to celebrating books and showing children the enjoyment of reading. Now in its 18th year, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind and thanks to the generation of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers – millions of children and young adults across the UK receive a free £1 book voucher.

Children can then exchange their voucher for one of ten free books – and we’ve had a look at this year’s options.

Children aged 2+

Elmer’s Parade

The story of Elmer the patchwork elephant was originally published in 1968 and has been enjoyed by children up and down the country ever since. Elmer’s Parade is a brand new story by David McKee, and is an interactive, great story about the animals taking part in a fancy dress parade.

The Dinosaur that Pooped a lot!

Part of a popular series about prehistoric creatures, planets and poop. Written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter; meet best friends Danny and Dinosaur. Dinosaur has just one problem…he can’t stop eating, and what goes in must come out.

Children aged 5+

A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing

This is the ultimate pirate’s survival guide for life on land.

Join Jim Ladd and the Jolley-Rogers family in this swashbuckling tale about the weird world of the shore as they discover that landlubbers don’t sleep in hammocks and the ships they live in don’t move!

Magic Animal Friends: Lucy Longwhiskers Finds a Friend

Join all of your favourite characters for story day in Friendship Forest. Jess and Lily have been invited to join the fun but the wicked witch Grizelda tries to destroy Mrs Taptree’s library – can Lucy Longwhiskers and her new friend Sophie Flufftail stop her?

Children aged 7+

Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen

It’s Ada’s first time at the seaside resort of Brighton and she’s invited to the World Frock Night Ball. As usual, nothing goes to plan and an unexpected guest proves to be a big challenge.

Ada’s costume looks spectacular but is it enough to win the grand prize,  especially with Lady Vivienne Dashwood and Beau Peeps – leading followers of fashion around.

The Diary of Dennis the Menace: World Menace Day

Yet another great story about Beano’s most popular characters, Dennis and Gnasher. Dennis hates World Book Day – it’s his worst nightmare!

But… Dennis has plenty of tricks and pranks up his sleeve to turn World Book Day into World Menace Day.

Children aged 9+

Best Mates

One of the nation’s favourite storytellers, Michal Morpurgo has written a collection of six magical animal stories for this year’s World Book Day. These charming tales are perfect for any child who loves animals and stories!

Dork Diaries: How to be a Dork

Join Nikki Maxwell, the Queen of Dorks as she reveals her secrets for living life the dorky way. This brand new Dork Diaries book has been written especially for World Book Day 2015.

Young adults

Geek Girl: Geek Drama

Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek is clever, awkward and is reinventing herself after being discovered by a modelling agent. Educational and entertaining, find out what happens to Harriet when her arch-nemesis decides the school play is the perfect place to humiliate her…

Killing the Dead

Written by Marcus Sedgwick, Killing the Dead is the ‘missing’ fifth parts of The Ghosts in Heaven. It’s been a year since the death of a girl at private school in Massachusetts. She’s gone, but her presence still remains, affecting everyone who knew her.

There are plenty of bookshops getting involved in Hull and East Yorkshire. Click here to find your nearest participating book shop. 

Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by Leo Stevens

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