World Book Day 2017

World Book Day is all about celebrating the beauty and magic of books and, most importantly, of reading. Organised by UNESCO, it is marked in more than 100 countries around the world.

On March 2nd 2017, children all over the world will be encouraged to pick up a book and discover the wonders waiting inside. On the 20th year of World Book Day, 15 million book vouchers will be sent to children and young people in the UK and Ireland - that's one for nearly every child under 18 in the country!

Reading can open up a world of possibilities and enhance the imagination, which is why it is so important for every child (and adult) to be able to enjoy the books of their choice.

Our Talking Books library offers access to over 25,000 audio books completely free, and we are working on adding more titles every month. With thousands of books for children of all ages, as well as a wide range of genres - from crime, to romance, to non-fiction, there really is something for everyone to get stuck into.

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These are the special £1 books available for World Book Day: Blob by David Walliams, Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson, The Famous Five: Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton, Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon, Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson, Island by David Almond, Dead of Night by Michael Grant and Peppa Loves World Book Day from the Peppa Pig series. 

You can find out more information about the books on the World Book Day website.

We are delighted to announce that you can get a copy of one of the books for free from RNIB in Braille or audio. They will be available to order from our Helpline, just phone 0303 123 9999

Giant print copies are available from Blind Children UK/Guide Dogs.

Copies of these books in all formats will also be available to borrow from the library after World Book day has finished.

What's your favourite book?

A few of our young readers have sent us reviews of their favourite books from our library.

Watch the video to find out which books they chose.


Thank you for letting me and others access listening books independently. I now don't have to get my mum to read to me and I can listen to books when I want. I can join in conversations with my family and friends about books that they have read and I have listened to.

Emmet (11), who has dyslexia

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