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World Book Day titles feature Milton Keynes-based author

Date Posted:17/01/2018

Nadiya Hussain World Book DayWorld Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the UK and Ireland’s entire book industry works proactively together to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future.

Last year, over £670,000 was raised for charity in association with World Book Day and over 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed, enabling 1 in 4 children (1 in 3 for those receiving free school meals) to ‘purchase’ their first ever book*. Research by the National Literacy Trust has indicated that of the nation’s 8-11-year-olds, 89.5% are aware of World Book Day and in 2016, 60% were inspired to read more by the celebration of reading.

Over the past 20 years, World Book Day UK has distributed over 290 million £1 book tokens to children and young people across the country. It was first marked in the UK in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards in children. It is now a global phenomenon.

For 2018, titles chosen will offer a message of inclusivity, through the authors, illustrations, stories and a wide assortment of characters, enabling young readers to see the world in which they live reflected between the pages. This year, Milton Keynes-based author Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake Off is included.

The World Book Day books for 2018 in full:
• Oi Goat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Mr Men: My Book About Me By Mr Silly written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, original concept by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont)
• The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
• Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: A Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
• The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross (Puffin)
• Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries (Puffin)
• The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts (Andersen Press)
• Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall (DK)

World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 March 2018. From late February 2018, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries, preschools and schools, which they can use to claim their free World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26 February to 25 March 2018, or to put towards the £2.50 special edition YA titles, enabling them to purchase them for just £1.50.

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