World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the UK and Ireland’s entire book industry works proactively together to not only address falling literacy levels but through inspiring children to get reading.
Over the past 20 years, World Book Day UK has distributed over 290 million £1 book tokens to children and young people across the country in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards in children. For 2018, the 10 children’s titles chosen offer a message of inclusivity. Through the authors, illustrations, stories and a wide assortment of characters this will enable young readers to see the world in which they live reflected between the pages.
Here’s the lowdown on the 10 books that will be available with your child’ £1 book token for 2018’s World Book Day:
Oi Goat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
Created for World Book Day, the next hilarious rhyming picture book from award- winning Kes Gray and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jim Field, following the bestselling Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat!
Mr Men: My Book About Me By Mr Silly written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, original concept by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont)
What would you write a book about? Mr Silly’s story began with himself, but then he decided to include his friends. He knew that if his friends were in the book then they would want to read it, just like you. Enjoy this very silly book about Mr Silly’s book!
The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
When Haroon’s mum brings his baby brother into school, Izzy and her friends are ALARMED! The baby is clearly using mind control because the office ladies start squeaking and saying made-up words. He writes strange messages with his blocks and he REALLY LIKES SCHOOL DINNERS!
But it’s when he’s caught speaking in an alien language on his ‘phone’ that they know. Haroon’s baby brother is from outer space and he’s trying to BEAM THEM ALL UP!!!
Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Three classic Paddington Bear stories, by master storyteller Michael Bond, are brought together for the first time in this special collection for World Book Day.
Nothing is ever straightforward when Paddington is involved. Whether he is attempting detective work, helping to sail a boat or performing magic, ordinary things have a habit of becoming quite extraordinary! Laugh out loud with everyone’s favourite bear from Darkest Peru!
Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books)
Join Britain’s favourite bakerNadiyaand her children for scrumptious stories and delicious bakes for all the family to enjoy. With illustrations by ClairRossiter, this is a unique combination of storybook and cookbook.
Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: A Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
Meet Andy and Terry. They make books together in the world’s coolest treehouse! But this time they can’t agree about a special story for World Book Day – and it’s not just Mr Big Nose keeping an eye on them now, but the story police too!
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross (Puffin)
Fennel and Twiglet are best friends. They do everything together, from curling up in their basket to playing fetch in the park. Twiglet understands Fennel like no one else, especially her long-held dream of winning Crufts.
There’s just one problem: Fennel isn’t a dog. And a girl can’t win a competition for dogs, no matter how much she acts like one. Can she?
Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries (Puffin)
The End… I know that’s not how stories usually start. But my story is about time travel. And not everything happens in the right order… Izzy’s grandpa was an ice-cream man, and he used to tell the BEST stories. There was the one about giving a 99 Flake to a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt – and another about feeding a Fab to a hungry T-Rex.
But what if they weren’t just stories? What if that blue ice-cream van had a secret magic of its own? Intrigued? Then open this World Book Day book and prepare to get frozen in time…
The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts (Andersen Press)
Fasten your seatbelts – it’s a special adventure for World Book Day with Teddington’s wildest family! Learn just how our intrepid hyenas managed to get from their African safari park onto the plane and off to their new home in England.
It’s quite a remarkable, and some would say, unbelievable tale – but there are many laughs along the way!
Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall (DK)
This special World Book Day 2018 book is full of fascinating facts about everyone’s favourite team of Super Heroes – Marvel’s Avengers.
From amazing heroes to dastardly villains, Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes explores children’s favourite Marvel Comics characters including Black Panther, Captain America, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch and many more. What makes the Hulk angry? How does the Wasp shrink to a tiny size?
Discover the Avengers’ astonishing super powers and awesome costumes. Learn all about the Super Heroes’ origins and their important roles on the team. Meet loyal allies, from Spider-Man to the Guardians of the Galaxy, and find out about clashes with fierce Super Villain foes, including Loki and Thanos. Read about the Avengers’ world with lively reference text, stunning full-colour images and fun genre spreads.
This World Book Day £1 book is the ideal who’s who guide to Marvel Comics’ Avengers – just when it’s the perfect time to make reading your super power!
World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 March 2018.
** From late February 2018, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries, preschools and schools, which they can use to claim their free World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26 February to 25 March 2018.