World Book Day 2021: Skulduggery Pleasant, Football School and Protect the Planet among selection of £1 titles
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. It's World Book Day today (Thursday March 4). World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading.
Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child's future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents' educational background or their income.
Almost 15% of children do not own their own book before they are gifted a £1 World Book Day book. In partnership with schools and nurseries, over 15 million World Book Day £1 vouchers are distributed throughout the UK and Ireland. Here is this year's selection of £1 World Book Day titles...
For Younger Readers
Luna Loves World Book Day by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers
Today is World Book Day and Luna can't wait.
She has the whole day planned. She's going to dress up as her favourite book character - a unicorn - then meet an author and an illustrator before buying a new book with her book token.
But – disaster! Luna the unicorn's costume has ripped! Can Dad come to the rescue with a magic potato?
Celebrate World Book Day with Luna, from the Luna Loves series.
There's a Wolf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott
Wow! Monster, Dragon, Alien, and Witch have made you a book!
Jump in to explore the interactive adventure inside, but make sure you watch out for the big bad wolf.
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
One clever ladybird, two bungling burglars and a whole farmyard of fun!
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overheard their plot, and she has a plan of her own…
The first story in the brilliantly funny What the Ladybird Heard series has been adapted by author Julia Donaldson into a fun and easy-to-read play script, with bright and distinctive illustrations by Lydia Monks — perfect for reading aloud, acting out and even putting on your very own play!
Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
"I've made this thing I call a 'book'. I might let you three have a look. We'll play my game called dino-spot. To win, you'll have to spot the lot!"
Bonehead thinks he's the best dino spotter. But can he find gigantosaurus?
For Older Readers
Planet Omar – Operation Kind by Zanib Mian
One of Omar's best friends, Daniel, has a little sister who goes to hospital regularly. He usually finds it easy to cheer her up when she's there, but this time he feels he needs to do something extra special.
Enter Omar and their other best friend Charlie to help with Operation Kind! The boys try to come up with the perfect surprise for Suzy, and when they find out her favourite author is in the UK for just one day it feels like it was meant to be.
Can the boys overcome all of the ridiculous obstacles that get thrown in their path and face their fears in a race against time to get a signed copy of the book for Suzy?
Protect the Planet by Jess French and Aleesha Nandhra
Our planet is precious and it's up to us to take care of it. You may feel small, but your small actions can make a big difference.
This book will teach you that by acting with kindness towards other people, plants, animals and yourself, you can help to protect the planet.
Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa by Humza Arshad, Henry White and Aleksei Bitskoff
You've heard of Little Badman, right? No? Oh. Well. . . doesn't matter. You will do one day. He's gonna be big.
Twelve-year-old Humza Khan, aka Little Badman, is, amongst lots of other things, Eggington's greatest rapper, a ninja and an all-round legend.
That's all according to Humza. And, to be honest, Eggington (his home town) is quite small. He has saved the word a couple of times though – from alien slugs and evil time-travelling teachers.
They are very cool adventures, and we'll tell you about them some time, but this story will blow your mind.
Humza and his two friends, Umer and Wendy, have narrowly avoided being hit by a rock from outer space. What does get hit, though, is a box of delicious samosas, which turn radioactive.
The three friends wake up the next day to find they have superpowers, which is pretty cool. What's less cool is the giant hamsters roaming the town.
Looks like a job for Little Badman and his crew . . .
Football School by Alexander Bellos, Ben Lyttleton and Spike Gerrell
Discover 20 mind-blowing football stories in this awesome collection.
Find out the true stories of the star players, top teams and game-changers who have shaped football history.
Read about the secret behind Lionel Messi's success, the footballer who pooed on the pitch, the greatest goat in football and the incredible story of women's football after the First World War.
This collection is packed with fascinating facts and super stats, so you'll learn loads about football as well as other amazing subjects such as history, science and geography.
The River Whale by Sita Brahmachari
Immy has always loved wild swimming and, one day, she hopes to become a marine biologist.
Tomorrow is the first step towards that goal – completing her entry-level diving certificate.
But her plans for a good night's sleep are ruined by a strange and vivid dream of a distressed whale in the river.
At school she tries to shake it off, but discovers that her nightmare has leaked into reality.
Immy and her trusty friend Cosmo must head for the Thames on a mission to save the trapped river whale. Can Immy use her skills to release it from the rubbish-filled nets it's caught in and guide it home?
Told in a mixture of free verse and prose, this is the beautiful new short adventure from Sita Brahmachari, with illustrations by Poonam Mistry.
Skysteppers by Katherine Rundell
High above the streets of Paris live the rooftoppers, a secret gang of children who eat, sleep and tumble amongst the chimney pots.
It's a perilous life, but for Matteo and Mercedes the adventure is only just beginning.
Caught up in a long-standing feud that threatens their existence amongst the stars, they find themselves on a hunt across Paris, tearing across the roofs of Versailles and the Louvre, searching for hidden treasure in a race against Henri Danglars – the enemy who would seek to destroy that which they love best.
From bestselling and multiple-award-winning author Katherine Rundell, this joyful new story is full of her trademark bravery and adventure. It's a treat just waiting to be discovered.
Kill Joy by Holly Jackson
Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend's murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy.
But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder.
And as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn't the only case on her mind . . .
Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the bestselling A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.
Skulduggery Pleasant: Apocalypse Kings by Derek Landy
Three ancient gods are freed from their prison with only one desire – to destroy the planet and everyone on it.
To save us all, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain must go undercover in a Dublin school. Skulduggery has to blend in with the teaching staff, while Valkyrie has to pass for an ordinary schoolgirl. Above all else, no matter what happens, they both must act completely and utterly normal.
We are so dead.