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Young Adults to be included in World Book Day celebrations for the first time

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World Book Day has recently announced their plans for 2018 and will for the first time include Young Adult titles within the celebrations.

World Book Day is a global celebration of books, and is celebrated in over 100 countries in the globe.

Over 20 years, World Book Day UK has given over 290 million £1 book tokens to children and young people across the UK. It was first established in 1997 as a response to concerns regarding poor reading and writing standards among children. World Book Day UK hopes to encourage children to discover the pleasure of reading by giving them an opportunity to own a book of their own.

As a charity dedicated to encouraging children and young people love and read books, it is now branching out to include teenagers and young adults for the 21st World Book Day which will be on 1 March 2018.

The titles chosen for 2018 will deliver a message of inclusivity, hoping that the young readers will be able to see their own lives reflected in the pages they are reading.

This years key theme is ‘Share a Story’, which enourages the parents and older siblings of the children to take part and share the books they read with their friends and family. Including this is a scheme to encourage the entire nation to ‘TAKE 10’ and read together for 10 minutes a day, the aim of this is to help parents recognise the positive impact reading can have upon their child and their wellbeing. 

There will be initiatives online, as well as in bookstores with titles such as John Greens An Abundance of Katherines to Benjamin’s Zaphaniah’s Gangsta Rap being sold at exclusive prices of £2.50 or £1.50 with World Book Day tokens. These titles will only be available at the bookstores taking part in the event

‘Bookclubbing’, a new movement will also be initiated. Bookclubbing will encourage teenagers to speak out about their favourite stories online and in real life.

Alongside this World Book Day will run a tour, “The Biggest Book Show on Earth”. The tour will go across the UK from 26th February to 3rd March and will feature 35 different authors and illustrators. Hosted by Steven Butler, literary guests include Clare Balding, Cathy Cassidy, Nadiya Hussain and Katherine Woodfine. “ 

The Biggest Book Show on Earth” will visit the following cities: Dublin, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Doncaster, Brighton, and Newcastle. World Book Day will work closely with local partners in each location and will coordinate with local schools to invite children to each event. The Newcastle event will be the first event to be open to public audiences.

For those not attending the book tour, there will be two online ‘specials’. Both lasting 30 minutes, they will be available for schools, libraries and bookshops to stream online.

2018 will also feature the fourth World Book Day Award, a competition that gives schools the opportunity to win libraries worth of book for their students. Last year, 76,000 children took part. This year the competition is partnering with Piccadilly Press, with the theme based on Flying Fergus, a book series by Sir Chris Hoy, Joanna Nadin, and Clare Elsom. The prize of the award is £20,000 worth of books and a visit from the authors of the story.  Every child that takes part in the event will receive a signed copy of the Flying Fergus book. 

World Book Day have also launched a nationwide poll to discover the nations favourite story. Using the hashtag #storiestoshare the charity wants to find the ultimate list of 100 stories for children and young people. The poll goes across four categories: picture books, 5 – 8s, 9 -12s, and teenagers. The public are also encouraged to add their favourite texts. The poll closed 15 January and the Top 100 Stories to Share will be revealed for World Book Day 2018.

World Book Day is currently the world’s biggest celebration of reading. The entire book industry across the UK and Ireland come together to address falling literacy levels and create future book lovers. Last year, 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed giving 1 in 4 children the ability to purchase a book, maybe even their first. Over £67,000 was raised for charity in association with World Book Day. 

In 2016 research by the National Literary Trust has shown that 89.5% of the nation’s 8-11 year olds are aware of World Book Day and 60% were inspired to read more from the celebration

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