World Book Day 2022: £1 books to buy and where to use the voucher

World Book Day takes place in March every year (Picture: Getty Images)

World Book Day 2022 is just around the corner – a day dedicated to celebrating everything to do with books, literature, and reading.

The annual event is entering its 25th year, with this year’s official message being ‘you are a reader’.

Parents will be able to grab some bargain deals on books soon – including books for £1, and tokens.

Here’s all you need to know about buying books on World Book Day 2021.

What day is World Book Day 2021?

This year’s World Book Day takes place on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

Every year, it is held on the first Thursday of March.

The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to engage with reading and books (Picture: Getty)

Many schools often encourage children to dress up as their favourite book characters to celebrate the occasion.

A big part of the event sees Unesco, along with National Book Tokens Ltd, offer a staggering 15million £1 book tokens to children nationally (one for nearly every child under the age of 18 in the country).

How does the £1 book voucher token work?

Millions of book tokens will be sent out around the UK and Ireland to schools.

Schools will then distribute the tokens to pupils – most likely digitally in an email to parents. This single-use digital token can be printed at home or shown to booksellers on a phone or tablet screen.

Your school should send you a token via email (Picture: Getty)

The token is also on McDonald’s Happy Meal boxes through February and March, and in some children’s magazines.

The £1 book tokens can be swapped for one of the new and completely free World Book Day books available from participating booksellers, or used to get £1 off (€1.50 off in Ireland) any full-price book or audiobook instead (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).

The World Book Day £1 books are a gift from booksellers, who fully fund the cost of the £1 book token redemptions.

For those children who are being home-schooled, parents can apply for a digital token here.

How long is the £1 book voucher token valid for?

Children are often encouraged to wear fancy dress on World Book Day (Picture: Getty)

World Book Day tokens will be valid from Thursday, February 17 to Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond March 27 while stocks last.

Which retailers are participating in World Book Day 2021?

All major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and most large bookshop chains including WH Smith, Waterstones, and Eason are accepting tokens.

The best way to check which of your local retailers and book stores are selling your books is to enter your postcode here.

The World Book Day book tokens cannot be used for online purchases.

This year’s World Book Day tokens scheme runs until March 27 (Picture: Getty)

What are the £1 books available this year?

The books available this year are once again suitable for all ages.

World Book Day £1 books

  • Rocket Rules: Ten Little Ways to Think Big! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
  • Dinosaur Roar and Friends! by Peter Curtis Jeanne Willis
  • Hey Duggee: The World Book Day Badge by Studio AKA
  • Grimwood: Five Freakishly Funny Fables by Nadia Shireen
  • Jemima the Pig and the 127 Acorns by Michael Morpurgo
  • My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of True or False by Matt Lucas
  • The Worst Class in the World in Danger! by Joanna Nadin
  • PEAK PERIL: A High-rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson
  • The Wizard and Me: More Misadventures of Bubbles the Guinea Pig by Simon Farnaby
  • Think Like a Boss: Discover the skills that turn great ideas into CASH by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • The Last Word by Ben Bailey Smith
  • Boy, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
  • Deadly! Irish History: Fun with the Celts and the Vikings! by John Farrelly
  • Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí by Bridget Bhreathnach and Shona Shirley Macdonald

The £1 books are also available in braille via the RNIB, large print via Guide Dogs, and audio versions via the RNIB.

For a full list of books available using the £1 scheme, and accessibility information, visit the World Book Day website.

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