World Book Day is back for 2016! March 3rd 2016 sees the 19th World Book Day, created to encourage children all around the world to get reading. The campaign has expanded it's reach in recent years from it's focus on younger children to include young adults and adults who struggle with literacy issues.
And this year top children's authors including Mick Inkpen, Rainbow Rowell and Jonathan Meres have written exclusive mini-books costing just £1. There are also a short story by Roald Dahl and a book by comedian (and chart topping singer!) David Baddiel.
The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
The World Book Day Website includes games, apps and activies related to the World Book Day books as well as information about WBD events in your area.
These books can be found at participating bookshops and online at Amazon.co.uk
Many schools and libraries will be holding special World Book day events including readathons, book sales, author events and giving kids the chance to dress up as thier favourite character from a book.
The day also hope to encourage children to write for themselves with an online TV show for teachers to show their classes, featuring authors and illustrators. So, take this chance to get reading, get writing and enjoy a lifetime of wonderful books.
Happy World Book Day 2016!
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.