World Book Day in pictures

World Book Day in pictures

Astronaut Tim Peake shared an inspirational video message from the European Space Agency, encouraging children to visit their local bookshop and exchange their World Book Day (WBD) token for a free book.


Sibeal Pounder, author of WBD title Bad Mermaids Meet the Witches (Bloomsbury), held an interactive session for local children at 10 Downing Street. 


As part of Wimbledon BookFest's WBD event, author Dermot O'Leary centre and illustrator Nick East talked to CBBC's Katie Thistleton at New Wimbledon Theatre.


David Walliams was one of four children’s authors—alongside C.S Lewis, Judith Kerr and Frances Hodgson Burnett—honoured with a special edition Royal Mail WBD postbox. Walliams' postbox can be found outside the National History Museum, which features in chart-topper The Ice Monster (HarperCollins).


Authors L-R Alex T Smith, Cressida Cowell, Steven Butler, Tom Fletcher, Abi Elphinstone and illustrator Rob Biddulph spoke to 700 local children on the Manchester leg of the Share a Story tour, ran in association with the National Literacy Trust. (©Della Batchelor)


Other stops on the Share a Story tour included Dundee (above), Swindon and Bradford. (©Kevin McGinley)


Editors of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hosted a WBD event at Wembley Park’s Chalkhill Primary School, exploring themes of identity, inclusion and diversity. (©Chris Winter)


Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, Shropshire was one of the retailers to take part in The Bookseller’s WBD window display competition.


LEGO Minifigures Mayhem, edited by Beth Davies and Helen Murray (DK books), was one of twelve specially commissioned £1 WBD titles. (©2019 The Lego Group)


BBC Teach hosted a special WBD Live Lesson on the day, hosted by CBBC's Ben Shires and featuring authors Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph and Malorie Blackman. (©Twinkl Resources)


Walker Books held a special WBD event at a local school in Tottenham, with author Ben Lyttleton, Alex Bellos and Spike Gerrell—of the Football School series—and Tottenham Hotspur's U18 Academy scholars.