Looking forward to World Book Day with a giveaway

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wonderful-world-book-dayThursday March 7 is World Book Day, and I can’t wait!

So what is World Book Day? Well, it’s a UNESCO designated worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. Now in its 16th year, World Book Day aims to ensure as many children as possible explore the pleasures of books and reading, so you can see why I’m so keen on it.

Here in the UK, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day Β£1 Book Token (or equivalent €1.50 Book Token in Ireland) to exchange for a FREE Β£1 World Book Day book (or it can be redeemed against any book or audio book costing Β£2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club).

World Book Day is a perfect excuse to do something fun around books. I’ll definitely be watching The Biggest Book Show on Earth but maybe you’ll find the perfect activity for your family or class in NurtureStore’s 50 ideas for World Book Day, or perhaps you might prefer to get creative in the kitchen and create a dish inspired by your family’s favourite book, and enter it into my Edible Book Festival.

Whatever you do, why not enter the competition I have for you today – to win an entire set of the World Book Day books:

  • Alfie’s Shop by Shirley Hughes
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance Colouring and Puzzle Fun by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Horrid Henry’s Guide to Perfect Parents by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross
  • Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions by Tony Robinson and Del Thorpe
  • The Diamond Brothers in….Two of Diamonds by Anthony Horowitz
  • Hang In There Bozo: The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide For Some Tricky Predicaments by Lauren Child
  • Tom Gates: Best Book Day Ever! (So Far) by Liz Pichon
  • The Chocolate Box Girls: Bittersweet by Cathy Cassidy

  • All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this post!

    Please note:

  • This competition is open to UK and Eire residents only

  • The competition closes on World Book Day, March 7th, at 6pm. I will contact the winner that evening by email. If I do not hear back from the winner within one week, a new winner will be drawn.

  • If you want extra entries to this competition you can:
    *Tweet about the competition, perhaps using this text: Win a complete set of @worldbookdayUK books over at @playbythebook’s blog http://www.playingbythebook.net/?p=24420
    *Follow @worldbookdayuk on twitter
    *Share this competition on Facebook

    For any of these to count, you must leave a separate comment on this blog post for each extra entry.


  • Good luck!

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    88 Responses

    1. Damyanti

      We are getting excited about World Book Day too, costumes are being planned, cake will be baked & son’s school are taking them to the library & doing a book exchange so lots of celebrations πŸ˜‰
      Damyanti recently posted..Imagine Festival 2013

    2. Kayleigh

      Awesome competition! I bought Giraffes Can’t Dance and my niece loved it so it would be great to see whether the other books are just as good!

    3. Emily Branch

      I remember getting my World Book Day Token as a child and the excitment of choosing and buying my own book.

    4. Emily Fellah

      I’ve just seen the World Book Day website- very exciting. There is a great selection of books, and my 9 year old son will definitely be getting his hands on the Tom Gates and Tony Robinson titles. The free online book festival is a great idea, and I’ll be visiting ‘Discover’ for the first time to attend some of the author/illustrator events.

    5. Perry

      Great competition. My daughters are also very much looking forward to world book day.

    6. Nicola Richardson

      I am organising my first World Book Day in school, and so excited! Making story related food for a cafe, character parade, and sharing books with each other across the whoole school. Determined to help the children get the reading bug!

    7. Hilary the librarian

      We love to share World book Day, so as well as handing out free Β£1 tokens, our school holds a charity second-hand booksale to raise funds for Book Aid International, so that children in Sub-Saharan Africa can have a fab school library too!

    8. Leanne

      I’m so excited for World Book Day/Night.
      It’s my first school-world-book-day as a staff member, and as a librarian I’m intending on making a big deal of it. The Β£1 books are such a good idea- going to be giving out the tokens next week πŸ™‚

    9. Jacqueline Harris

      I’ve always loved the Alfie books- and now my little boy loves them too. Hopefully World Book Day will open up the world of Alfie to a whole new set of readers.

    10. Sam

      I’m not sure if my son’s pre-school are doing anything as yet but I hope so as I’d like to make him a costume for the day.

    11. ashwini

      I am a huge fan of your blog! We have created so many amazing projects from your inspiration. wonderful and amazing give away for the celebration of books and reading…looks like loads of fun.

    12. Lauren

      World Book Day is hardly even noticed in the US! I wish there were more awareness of it! If I win the books, I plan on donating them to an underprivileged/underserved school!

    13. Ann Scott

      I have tweeted the competition and put it on our facebook page! We are looking forward to taking part in the Edible Cake Competition too.

      Keep up the wonderful work!
      Ann Scott recently posted..Rescue Night

    14. Kirstie

      What a fabulous idea for a competition, thank you for the chance to enter! I am working on my first children’s novel and some more storybook app ideas for little ones so looking forward to all the buzz of World Book Day!

    15. BooKa Uhu

      I’m entertaining two whole schools over three days in WBD week. I just realised that’s about 430 odd children. Oh dear Lordy….!

      Still – all for books and all πŸ™‚
      BooKa Uhu recently posted..I’ve moved!

    16. leigh

      We love world book day -my daughter plans to dress up as pippi longstocking & I have the task of finding her shoes exactly twice the length of her feet! Love your blog & i have purchased many books as a result of your reviews.

    17. Sam

      Hi Zoe
      I’m organising our school’s first ever Book Swap although we are celebrating it the day BEFORE WBD for some bizarre reason (must be something else happening at the school on the 7th!). We’re asking pupils to bring in a book they no longer want and exchange it for a token which they can hand in for a book in the school hall. We’re also using the event as an opportunity to recruit volunteers to help with literacy initiatives in school – reading with and to children, taking them to the school library, etc. Scary but hopefully fun!
      Sam recently posted..Don’t judge a book by its mother

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