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World Book Day 2024: Grab A Kids Book For Free

Updated: Mar 4


Children and young people can choose one of the specially selected World Book Day books, from prominent authors, as well as independent writers,  for FREE with their £1 tokens


World Book Day, 2024, is on Thursday 7th of March, and you can grab a free children's book from the 15th of February – 31st of March 2024.





What is World Book Day?


World Book Day is a registered charity that promotes reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own, which is a great way to get children more interested in the joy of reading. The charity offers children the opportunity to own their own book for FREE, with the hope that children from all backgrounds and those from lower economic households can develop a life-long habit of reading for pleasure, benefiting from the improved life chances this brings them.


Many schools get involved in the event, with book-themed activities taking place, to help promote the love of reading, including dressing up book characters for the day, usually in exchange for a donation to the World Book Day charity.  World Book Day and Oxford Children’s have worked with the 2024 £1/€1.50 publishers on dressing up templates and ideas to create low-cost costumes related to the 2024 £1/€1.50 books. This information is in a pack for parents, and it is full of information. This pack can be downloaded here.


How do I get the free World Book Day book?


Children and young people can choose one of the specially selected World Book Day books, from prominent authors, as well as independent writers,  for FREE with their £1 tokens. The tokens are distributed through schools, early years settings, and a range of children’s magazines to help children discover their new favourite book. You can also download a digital token HERE (It opens as a PDF). The Offer is valid from the 15th February – 31st March 2024 inclusive


The restaurant chain McDonald's gets involved, by including £1 book vouchers, for the children to get a book for free on Happy Meal boxes.


Where Do I Get The Books From?


Once you have your token, you can go to one of the nominated retailers to pick up your free book. If you don't want the books on offer, you can use the token to receive £1 off a book, or audiobook of your choice, thats £2.99 or more.. Retailers include:


  • Most independent booksellers

  • Asda

  • Blackwell’s (selected stores only)

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • The Works

  • Waterstones

  • WHSmith


You can see all the participating retailer locations on this map. The tokens can only be used in physical shops and not online. You can also buy the books via Amazon. These aren't free but are available for just £1. You can view the 2024 World Book Day books on Amazon HERE


All the World Book Day £1/€1.50 books are available in braille, large print, and audio with help from RNIB, Guide Dogs, Calibre Audio and Vision Ireland. To find out more, click here.


You can purchase badges from the charity to reward your child for their reading, via the World Book Day website and they cost between £2 and £4.

You can purchase badges from the charity to reward your child for their reading via the World Book Day website, and they cost between £2 and £4.




What Books Are On Offer?


The 2024 World Book Day book titles are below:


  • Elmer and the Patchwork Story

  • Greg the Sausage Roll: Lunchbox Superhero

  • Charlie McGrew & The Horse That He Drew

  • Dinosaur Club: On the Trail of a T. rex

  • InvestiGators: Hi-Rise Hijinks

  • Marv and the Ultimate Superpower

  • Can You Get Jellyfish in Space?

  • Loki: Tales of a Bad God

  • Onyeka and the Secret Superhero

  • The Amazing Edie Eckhart: The Friend Mission

  • Dread Wood: Creepy Creations

  • The Doomsday Date

  • The Curious Case of the Irish Yeti: Molly Malone and Bram Stoker

  • Inis Mara

  • Ffeithiau Ffiaidd Y Corff

More information on each book can be viewed on the World Book Day website.






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