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5 must-read books to get with your World Book Day token

The £1 book voucher is back for another exciting year

By Kate Gilbert, 19 February 2016
5 must-read books to get with your World Book Day token

Celebrating authors, books and – most importantly – the joys of reading, World Book Day is back for another exciting year on 3rd March. And thanks to National Book Tokens, plus support from publishers and booksellers, World Book Day will be distributing over four million £1 book tokens to children across the country. That’s almost one for every child and young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland. Books for everyone! 

The World Book Day tokens are distributed via schools and nurseries across the country and can be redeemed at participating booksellers where you can swap them for one of ten exclusive new books, or get £1 off any full price book (as long as it's over £2.99). The tokens are valid from Monday 29th February – Sunday 27th March 2016. 

Here are some of the best World Book Day reads your children can look forward to diving into with their token...

The Great Mouse Plot by Roald Dahl

'Every day the boy walks past a sweet shop filled with jars of delicious gobstoppers and sticky treacle toffees. But there is one terrible problem. The shop is owned by Mrs Pratchett, a skinny old hag with filthy finger nails. She is so mean that the boy decides to trick her – and he’s got the perfect plan…' 

Kipper's Visitor by Mick Inkpen

Perfect for preschoolers, the much-loved dog Kipper is back and this time he has a visitor – a slightly dirty gosling in need of a bath. Created for World Book Day 2016, this charming story follows the pair through a bubbly bathtime. 

(Pic: Mick Inkpen / Hachette) 

The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel

Alfie has a routine for just about everything. Until one day he has a new babysitter who doesn't do routines and tells him to do whatever he likes. Eventually, Alfie decides to take her at her word and that's when things start to get wild. Also written especially for World Book Day by David Baddiel, author of the bestselling The Parent Agency and The Person Controller.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. As she queues at the cinema to see the new movie behind two other fans, the three strangers are brought together by their love of Star Wars in a funny story like no other. 

Daisy and the trouble with Jack by Kes Gray

Daisy doesn't want to sit by Jack (possibly the naughtiest boy in the whole world). Jack doesn't want to sit by Daisy (the annoying tell tale). But when their teacher Mrs Peters makes them pair up, they find more and more mischievous ways to get one up on each other. But they may be more alike than they think...

To find out more about the World Book Day books and how to use your token, visit