Time to celebrate World Book Day
Children will be bringing their favourite literary characters to life on Thursday (March 7) to mark World Book Day.
The annual event, which sees school children dress up as their most-beloved characters, was set up in 1997 in response to a decline in reading and writing standards among children.
Now in its 22nd year, the celebration of reading continues to grow with more and more children exchanging their £1 World Book Day token for exclusive World Book Day titles at participating bookstores.
Did you know that the Victorian poet and playwright Robert Browning was born in Walworth, next to Elephant & Castle, in 1812. He is best-known for being a master of dramatic monologue and his marriage to fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. In Walworth, Browning Street and Robert Browning School are named after him.
So, whether you’re dressing up for World Book Day or simply making the time to settle down to a few chapters of that book you’ve been meaning to read for a while, we hope you enjoy this year’s World Book Day.
The Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella and Cadpig by Peter Bently
Ten Little Bookworms by Mike Brownlow
Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale by Lauren Child
Lego Minifigure Mayhem by Helen Murray and Beth Davies
Bad Mermaids Meet the Witches by Sibéal Pounder
Claude: Best in Show by Alex T Smith
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan
The Great Rocket Robbery by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend by Jeff Kinney
Everdark by Abi Elphinstone
Snap by Patrice Lawrence
Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman
With World Book Day vouchers distributed across schools in the UK, these books are available at participating book sellers for only £1.