World Book Day
Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.

The new books will be available from February 2022.

We’re also thrilled that Allen Fatimaharan is the new official World Book Day illustrator! 

The £1 book selection

We’re delighted to share with you the new line-up of £1 books for 2022 that children can choose for free with their £1 book token. With books for beginning, early, fluent and independent readers, there is something for everyone, 12 titles available across the UK. The books will be available from booksellers from 17 February 2022.

Special events for this 25th Anniversary:

  • LIVE-STREAM: World Book Day LIVE with Matilda and friends
    Live from the Cambridge Theatre – home of Matilda the Musical at
    11.3oam on Monday 28th February An exciting line up of  World Book Day £1 book authors – including Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell will be hosted by rapper MC Grammar and live-streamed from the World Book Day website. The celebration will also feature Chris Riddell, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Allen Fatimaharan, Hannah Lee and other special guests to be announced. World Book Day are working with long-term partners Roald Dahl Story Company, Royal Shakespeare Company and Puffin are working together to ensure children everywhere can join in the fun.
  • Reality check: Books as a portal into life today with  Sharna Jackson, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Ben Bailey Smith. 11.30am on Wednesday 2nd  March.
  • Using your imagination: Books as a way to imagine the impossible with Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, Joanna Nadin and Rikin Parekh, Nadia Shireen, Simon Farnaby and Michael Morpurgo
    at 10.00am on Thursday 3rd March
  • BBC Teach Live Lesson – In partnership with BBC Education. A curriculum-linked live interactive programme to support reading for pleasure.
  • Brand new MC Grammar song and performances Award-winning teacher and star of Sky Kids Wonder Raps MC Grammar (Jacob Mitchell) returns with his second World Book Day song Reading Is Amazing, a follow up to The World Book Day song which was viewed over 850,000 times on You Tube last year.

  • To celebrate the 25th birthdays of both Harry Potter and World Book Day in 2022, Bloomsbury has partnered with World Book Day to feature an exclusive competition on the printed £1 book token: offering fans a chance to win a magical Harry Potter trip, as well as runners up prizes of Harry Potter books and National Book Tokens. The competition opens on 17 Feb – enter at www.worldbookday.com/harrypotter.