To kick off World Book Day (WBD) celebrations, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon held a reading aboard the Coca-Cola London Eye for the children from Westminster Cathedral RC Primary School. Simon's Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files is one of 10 £1 books that children can redeem at bookshops using their £1 WBD book token.
Pupils from the Saint Rose of Lima School in Glasgow dressed up as their favourite literary characters to celebrate WBD. Research revealed on WBD suggests that a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds would not own a book without the initiative.
WBD 2017’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth tour kicked off at Glasgow Concert Hall on Monday 27th February. The tour gave over 6,000 children the opportunity to see their literary heroes in person, with a line up that included (from left) Sir Chris Hoy, Clare Elsom, Joanna Nadin, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, Lydia Monks and the leader of Glasgow Council, Frank McAveety. The tour also visited Coventry, Barry, London and Dublin.
The Famous Five also made an appearance at the Glasgow Concert Hall.
Cherry Burton Primary School in East Yorkshire won the WBD Award, following a three year "struggle" to expand its books offering from "one meagre bookshelf" into a library.
The school won £5,000 worth of books for its ‘Old Curiosity Shop’, which saw the school’s summer playhouse transformed into the shop featured in the classic novel by Charles Dickens.
On Thursday 2nd March, Stamford Bridge celebrated WBD with Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, whose collaborative title Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White (Macmillan Children's Books) was one of the 10 £1 books available. From left Bridget the Lioness (Chelsea FC mascot), Lydia Monks, Julia Donaldson, Stamford The Lion (Chelsea FC mascot), Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies Captain and her son), Asmir Begovic (Chelsea Goalkeeper), the Gruffalo and teachers and pupils from local schools.
Many bookshops, including Village Books in Dulwich Village (above), held readings and events to celebrate on the day.