World Book Day 2008 in the UK and Ireland will take place on Thursday 6th March.
The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and to aid this children are given the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd and numerous participating booksellers, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 Book Token. These are distributed through schools and can be spent in participating bookshops. Some schools may also have a visiting book fair to coincide with World Book Day where they can spend their vouchers too.
Each year a number of special £1 books are published espcially for children to exchange their vouchers for. For 2008 9 books have been published:
Another important facet of World Book day is the publication of Quick Reads. Quick Reads are fast-paced, bite-sized books by bestselling writers and celebrities especially written for adults who find books difficult or unengaging, or for avid readers, simply wanting a short, fast read. They are priced at just £1.99 and 10 new books have been published this year.