March 2021: Children's Previews

The annual celebration of books that is World Book Day is one of the busiest moments in the children’s bookselling calendar, and there is a fabulous line-up of £1 titles to look forward to. In 2020, World Book Day reported that a staggering 1.03 million of its £1 books were sold in the UK and Ireland in just five weeks. The Share a Million Stories theme, to encourage reading for pleasure, created at least 25 million minutes of shared reading by the end of World Book Day month.

These are wonderful achievements, but one statistic that always give me pause for thought is the number of childre...

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