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Rhee Helliwell | Mar 13, 2017

Everything you need to know about using World Book Day tokens

Categories: Teens, Education, Children, Performance, News, Holiday Fun

It’s no secret that encouraging your child to read and enjoy books is going to hugely benefit their academic success and learning capabilities. World Book Day, which took place on March 2nd of this year, is an important annual event that celebrates all things reading Children, teachers and bookstore assistants not only had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite literary characters, but an incredible 15 million £1 World Book Day tokens were given out to kids. What’s great about these book tokens is they’re specially made so your child can purchase a new book -- or just inspire them to visit their local bookshop and explore. Here’s everything you need to know about how your kids can spend their World Book Day tokens!

What do I need to know about the £1 World Book Day Tokens?

Once your child has received their £1 book token all they need to do is head down to a local bookseller. From there your child can either use their book token to get £1 off any full price book of their choice, or swap it for one of ten exclusive World Book Day Books. Check out the full list here. If your child prefers audio books, that’s okay too- just make sure the one they choose is at least £2.99 and they can get £1 off.

Our Favourite World Book Day Books

In true World Book Day style, 10 awesome books have been chosen that your child can exchange their £1 voucher for. Yes, that’s right- they get a whole book for free! Here’s Tutor Doctor’s top picks from the bunch.

The Famous Five: Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (KS1)

This book contains three of Enid Blyton’s short stories suitable for kids in KS1. Each one follows Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog (otherwise known as the Famous Five) and their exciting adventures. Not only are these stories short and simple, they’ll help your children build up confidence with their reading. All of these classics tales have great morals as well as interesting but easy to follow plots -- your kids won’t be able to put it down!

Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (KS2)

Butterfly Beach follows the unlikely best friends from Jacqueline Wilson’s previous novel The Butterfly Club. This brand-new story has been specially published for World Book Day 2017 and tells the tale of Selma going on holiday with her best friend Tina. However, going on holiday with Tina means going with her triplet sisters and it’s not long before Selma starts to feel left out. It’s a great short story full of adventure, drama and friendship.

Island by David Almond (KS3)

Island by David Almond follows Louise and her father who are on their annual trip to the island of Lindisfarne. Yet, this year something seems different and the island feels troubled. With Louise growing up fast and embracing her independence and her father becoming infatuated with an American tourist, this book takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey of love, death, hope and destruction. It also portrays in a very real and honest way how the people we meet and the journeys we go on really do shape us as individuals. A truly engaging story and an excellent read for a student in Key Stage 3.

Remember all World Book Day tokens are valid from Monday 27 February–Sunday 26 March 2017.