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World Book Day 2020 in York

World Book Day is being celebrated by schools all around the country today, and book shops in York have been preparing to celebrate reading a good book, local authors and illustrators.

On Thursday 5th March children and young people will be encouraged to pick up a book and read. In an effort to promote reading and to try to expand the love children have for books, millions of £1 book tokens will be sent out to schools.

The tokens can be used for any book over £2.99 or alternately, there are books available especially for World Book Day which are only £1 and can be purchased with the token.

The £1 Books For World Book Day 2020:

  • Bing, by Ted Dewan
  • Supertato: Books Are Rubbishy Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
  • Amelia Fang and the Bookworm Gang, by Laura Ellen Anderson
  • Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey
  • Evie in the Jungle, by Matt Haig
  • The Day We Met the Queen, by Onjali Q. Rauf
  • Kid Normal and the Loudest Library, by Chris Smith and Greg James
  • Alex Rider Undercover: The Classified Files, Anthony Horowitz The Case of the Drowned Pearl, by Robin Stevens
  • My Awesome Guide to Getting Good at Stuff, Matthew Syed Split, by Muhammad Khan
  • The Kissing Booth – Road Trip!, by Beth Reekles

Richard Walker Co Owner of Blue House Book Shop said: “I think world book day is an interesting initiative. Children are given a voucher for a pound and they can come along to shops like mine and there are some books which are specially published for world book day, which cost a pound. They’re short stories and some are written by quite famous authors who do this especially for world book day.”

Mr Walker added: “We’ve been very touched by the number of local authors who have come in and are interested in us selling their books and that’s really lovely to do because its them supporting us and us supporting them .”

However, not all independent book shops in York are especially pleased about the misconceptions people have about World Book Day.

Philippa Lynn owner of Little Apple Book Shop said: “Everyone thought that the government paid for the book vouchers and they still do 20 years on. But that’s not the case, the money comes out of the book seller’s pockets. The Government has never had anything to do with it. Even schools taking part in the event have no idea where the funding for the vouchers and books come from.”

The owner continued: “But for all my cynicism kids still do love reading especially when they’re little and curling up with a good book is still a big part of their day.  If you sit there with a book open you’re a magnet for kids just wanting to know what you’re reading.”

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