For this week’s Friday Feature I’m putting the spotlight on the fast approaching World Book Day (6th March).
What’s it all about?
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly), reading. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
WBD is approaching its 17th year and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Registered schools are sent packs of Book Tokens and World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and information about how to get involved.
Every child in full-time education in the UK and Ireland can receive a book token. Last year over 1.2 million World Book Day book tokens were redeemed: this year they are hoping for more!
Every year, WBD present a selection of short books & novellas, available to all for just £1. This year there are two YA books available:
Rock War: The Audition by Robert Muchamore
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
A dramatic addition to Robert Muchamore’s new series, Rock War, this introduces new characters, a never-before-seen band, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Rock War auditions. This is a perfect way in to the series, and a must for Rock War fans.
Two kids, one band, one crucial audition. But will they risk their friendship for the sake of musical stardom?
The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
On a cold night, Stephen Dene went to the Eton boathouse to perform a desperate act. But someone stopped him along the way, sending his life in a new and decidedly strange direction–leading him to London, to two new friends, and to a world of shadows and mystery.
From New York Times bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Key to the Golden Firebird and The Name of the Star, The Boy in the Smoke is a thrilling prequel to The Shades of London series.
All details taken from the website, where you can find more info: (and lots of other great stuff btw): World Book Day