World Book Day 2011, the UK's largest celebration of books and reading, on Thursday 3 March 2011 celebrates 14 years of encouraging the young and old to share their love of books and reading.
Harper Collins has created a free story widget for teens to download and receive exclusive instalments of a story specially written by best-selling author Louise Rennison. Downloadable to mobiles and pcs the widget will enable readers to customise characters, share images and talk about the story through facebook. A section entitled 'If you like, you'll love' will include a range of recommended authors and titles for teens to enjoy and share.
For the second year running World Book Day offers the opportunity for children to watch short films of this year's World Book Day £1 book authors reading extracts from their unique World Book Day books via 'Let Me Tell You a Story' portal, sponsored by National Book Tokens.
World Book Day £1 flipbooks are back for a third year; each book contains two new stories by two authors in one book providing double the fun for readers to enjoy when they redeem their free World Book Day £1 Book Token. Philip Reeve, Betty G. Birney, and A.A. Milne are among the ten authors for this year's five flipbooks, suitable for 5+ to 11+ years. There is also a stand-alone picture book for early years featuring a collection of rhymes by Dr Seuss.
2011 also marks the sixth anniversary of Quick Reads with ten books published on World Book Day which provide a fast-paced read for adults looking for an introduction to reading or a bite-sized book for regular readers. This year GALAXY® is teaming up with the Quick Reads charity in a new partnership that will promote ten new Quick Reads titles.
The 2011 Quick Reads titles are:
Many schools allow their pupils to come to school dressed as characters from books as part of their celebrations of World Book Day. A selection of literary costumes can be found at Jokers Masquerade, and to find out more about World Book Day visit the website at www.worldbookday.com