World Book Day 2022

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World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Its mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

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 This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day.

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.

– World Book Day


• Improvement in vocabulary in comparison to non-readers (Millenium Cohort Study)

• Correlation between regularity of reading for pleasure and ability in reading, each reinforcing the other as students get older (Cremin 2019Torppa 2020)

• Better performance in subjects other than English (Millenium Cohort Study)

• Reading for pleasure is one of the most important predictors of test scores at age 16, regardless of background (OECD)

• There is a strong correlation between regular reading for Pleasure and Mental Wellbeing which is separate from other predictors (NLT 2018)

• Reading improves a child’s empathy skills (Oatly 2016)

• Developing Reading for Pleasure attitudes (offering book choice and time to read rather than instruction) have a greater influence on reading ability than reading lessons for older children/adults (Greenberg 2014)

The Department for Education’s recent Reading Framework – Teaching the Foundations of Literacy published in July 2021 also includes a summary of the evidence on Reading for Pleasure.

Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved.


Follow the links below for this years fantastic selection of brand new and exclusive £1 books that children and young people can get for FREE with their £1 token.

The £1 books are also available in braille via the RNIB (Tel: 0303 123 9999), large print via Guide Dogs (Tel: 0118 9838275) and audio versions via the RNIB and Calibre Audio (01296 432 339).

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