World Book Day 2022 celebrates all things literature and reading.
The annual event, run by the charity Unesco, is largely aimed at children and aims to encourage their love of reading.
When is World Book Day?
This year, World Book Day falls on March 3.
This is the 25th year that the event has taken place.
It takes place on the first Thursday of March each year, in the United Kingdom.
The day is also recognized globally in over 100 countries around the world.
Other countries celebrate World Book Day on William Shakespeare’s birthday – April 23.
What happens on the day and who participates?
The day is a celebration of all things book – from authors and illustrators to the children who read them.
Children of all ages come together to celebrate reading – having the chance to dress up as their favorite literary character of the day.
The objective of the event is to encourage more children to discover the pleasures of books and reading by offering them the possibility of having a book of their own.
The charity, together with National Book Tokens Ltd, is donating a staggering 15 million £1 pound tokens to children nationwide (one for almost every child under 18 in the country).
The need of the day is greater than ever with the National Literacy Trust stating that now only a quarter of children read daily in 2020 (26% of the population) compared to 2015 (43%).
What is the theme for 2022?
This year’s message is “You are a reader” and focuses on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Books are again on offer for just £1 – via Book Tokens – and can be used to buy any of the exclusive books offered through the program or used to purchase a full-price book or audiobook that costs £2.99 or more.
Children are also encouraged to share their stories with each other and prizes are offered for the best.
A selection of free audio books are also offered.
How do book tokens work?
A total of 15 million pound tokens will be sent to young people across the country.
In return, these tokens can be exchanged for one of ten exclusive new books (completely free) from their local bookseller.
Alternatively, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audiobook costing over £2.99 at a participating bookstore or book club (terms and conditions apply).