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World Book Day 2021 -Thursday 4th March

World Book Day 2021 - campaign and £1 books reveal!

Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.(Book)mark the date in your calendars: World Book Day 2021 takes place on 4th March!



In 2021 World Book Day, just like everything else, will be different. We’ve adapted to make sure that World Book Day sends a powerful and positive message about books and reading, even in lockdown.

For more information about how World Book Day will happen in 2021, please visit our FAQs


We are thrilled to share with you all the exciting new developments we have in store for this year’s World Book Day campaign. We have the new World Book Day Book Club and Share a Story corner, as well as the exciting new line-up for 2021’s £1 books.


Our Author & Illustrator Academy videos are now live! These include all of our brilliant £1 book authors and illustrators, with lots of exciting challenges and activities to make reading even more fun and interactive. 


Our Share a Story Live Events will encourage even more children to get involved in reading for pleasure, so be sure to save the date and tune in. 


Check out all the new World Book Day books here. Alongside the 12 new titles, we have one exclusive World Book Day Ireland £1 book and a new World Book Day Welsh title.

We’re also offering you sneak peeks inside all the brilliant new £1 books, to help you decide which one to pick! Take a look here




World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Tom Fletcher

INTERACTIVE PICTURE BOOKS WITH TOM FLETCHERWatch and learn with Tom Fletcher as he shares how he was inspired to create books that are fun and interactive.

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers

WORLD BOOK DAY CHECKLISTS AND UNICORN CRAFTS WITH JOSEPH COELHO & FIONA LUMBERSJoseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers love World Book Day! In this Academy session t...

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Lydia Monks

HOW TO CREATE A PICTURE BOOK THEATRE WITH LYDIA MONKSWorld Book Day is all about sharing stories - so why not share them in lots of ways?!

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Zanib Mian

WRITING FANTASTIC FAMILIES with Zanib MianPlanet Omar author Zanib Mian talks about how she takes inspiration from friends, family members and even strangers...

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Football School

READY, SET, WRITE! ON THE PITCH WITH FOOTBALL SCHOOLAlex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, the authors of Football School, talk about how their fantastic stories als...

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Jess French

PROTECT THE PLANET with Jess FrenchLearn all about how to be an earth warrior! Jess French, author of £1 book Protect the Planet, shares tips on easy everyda...

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Derek Landy

HOW TO MAKE CHARACTERS FEEL REAL with Derek LandyDerek Landy explains how he learned to create realistic, three-dimensional characters, inspired by his Skuld...

Alex Frith's 100 Things To Know Challenge for World Book Day

Take part in our World Book Day book design challenge with editor Alex Frith.Download the accompanying activity sheet here:

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