Sunday 26 March 2017

World Book Day

It's almost time for World Book Day 2011, which is a great occasion for your child to immerse themselves in the joy of reading. This year, National Book Tokens and Irish booksellers have teamed up to offer kids a €1.50 book token, so they can choose a book of their liking, writes Bernice Mulligan

<p><b>Pre-school picture book: Dr Seuss on the Loose! (HarperCollins) </b></p> <p>This World Book Day book is filled with rhymes and extracts from some of Dr Seuss's best-loved books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, The Places You'll Go. </p>

Pre-school picture book: Dr Seuss on the Loose! (HarperCollins)

This World Book Day book is filled with rhymes and extracts from some of Dr Seuss's best-loved books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, The Places You'll Go.

Age 5+ flipbooks: Fiacla Mhamó and Danny's Smelly Toothbrush, by Brianóg Brady Dawson (O'Brien Press).

This is a bilingual book featuring two stories, one in and one in English. Danny's Smelly Toothbrush concerns Danny and his bright, new, HATED toothbrush! It will also be available in Braille and can be borrowed from the National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s (NCBI) library. Fiacla Mhamó is about grandma's false teeth, and what they are doing in Danny's schoolbag!

Age 5+ flipbooks: Tales from Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne (Egmont)

Filled with favourite stories from the first of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh books.

Age 5+ flipbooks: Humphreys Tiny Tales: My Treasure Hunt Trouble, by Betty Birney (Faber & Faber)

A brand new Tiny Tale from Humphrey the Hamster.

Age 7+ flipbook The Great Pet-Shop Panic, by Katie Davies (Simon &Schuster)

A prequel to the Great Hamster Massacre, this book features the arrival of the Pet Shop in the village and Tom, Anna and Suzanne's plan to steal a pet.

Age 7+ flipbook: Spy Dog's Got Talent, by Andrew Cope (Puffin)

Spy Dog Lara has made it through to the live TV final of Have You Got Talent? But is there a baddie on stage who wants to win more than the competition?

Age 9+ Flipbook Do Bugs Have Bottoms?, by Glenn Murphy (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Glenn Murphy's very funny question-and-answer book with solve some of life's great unknowns, for example, do bugs have bottoms? Endorsed by the Science Museum.

Age 9+ Flipbook Evilution: The Troof – A Jiggy McCue Story, by Michael Lawrence (Orchard Press)

Let Jiggy McCue show you what really happened at the dawn of mankind in this fantastically funny caveman caper.

Age 11+ Flipbook Traction City, by Philip Reeve (Scholastic Children's Books)

A rebellious young aviatrix and a secretive scavenger boy are about to come face to face with a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control.

Age 11+ Flipbook The Teacher's Tales of Terror, by Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury)

A trio of terrifying stories, as a teacher and his pupils share three spine-chilling tales. But with a surprising ending that resounds like a slamming door on a quiet night!

World Book Day 2011, Ireland's largest celebration of books and reading, will take place on Thursday, 3 March 2011, celebrating 14 years of encouraging young and old to share their love of books and reading.

To mark the day, six new specially produced €1.50 ' flipbooks' ( ie a book containing two different stories and two covers) and a stand-alone picture book will be published, and are featured below. For a second year, children will also be able to see the authors as well as well-known actors read the stories online. (Go to www.worldbookday. com, and click on the ' Story Time Online' portal.)

Each World Book Day 1.50 Book is suitable for € a different age range, from pre-school to 11+ years, maening there's something for everyone. There is also a bilingual Irish-English flipbook available: Fiacla Mhamó and Danny's Smelly Toothbrush. The books cost just €1.50, or are free when children redeem their World Book Day €1.50 book token. Over one million Irish schoolchildren will receive a World Book Day €1.50 book token, which can be exchanged for a World Book Day €1.50 book from 28 February to 27 March inclusive at participating bookshops across Ireland. The €1.50 token can also be put towards any book or audio book costing €3.99 or more.

The World Book Day €1.50 Book Token sponsorship is made possible by National Book Tokens as well as participating booksellers all around Ireland who redeem the tokens at their own expense.

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