World Book Day is not just about dressing up at school. Your child also gets a free book token, so be sure to cash it in for one of 12 awesome books.
World Book Day 2021
World Book Day is upon us!
It can be that awful time of scurrying around the house looking for something half meaningful to make look like a costume or putting your hand in your pocket and buying an outfit from the shop.
Schools do things differently.
Most allow your kids to dress up as they want, which gives you that awkward discussion with your kid over what you can get them vs what they really want to dress up as!
Then, there are the other schools, like ours, who say the kids need to dress up as a character from a book they’ve been studying.
Sometimes this makes it easier as there are only a few dress-up ideas you need to think about, but on the other hand, it can make it harder as some characters can be challenging to make up!
Here’s our little White Bear King, from The Princess and the White Bear King (great read by the way, if you haven’t yet) from a previous year.
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World Book Day – ✅ Cost 💰 – a bit of tin foil for the crown (already had in the kitchen) Book 📚 – The Princess and the White Bear King (The school makes them choose a character from a book they’ve been studying in school, which sometimes makes it easier but other times not!) How has your World Book Day creations gone? 😁 #worldbookday #dressup #savemoney #moneysaving #moneysaver #ukmoneybloggers #debtfreecommunityuk
After coming up with cheap World Book Day costume ideas and (usually) making something out of nothing, at the end of the school day, it’s not actually over.
You’re able to get free books.
Your child ** should ** come home from school with a £1 book token to get a free book. Our daughter’s primary school has sent the voucher out electronically this year so we’re able to print one off as well.
(** While you may not see it in your child’s school bag straight away, have a rummage at the very bottom for a small screwed up bit of paper…anyone else’s kid?!)
Once you’ve located the free book voucher, just take it to your local book shop (there is a list of local participating sellers here).
There are 12 different books up for grabs:
In Ireland only, there is an additional book; Lily and the Lissadell Ghost by Judi Curtin.
In Wales, there is an additional Welsh-language book: Ha Ha Cnec by Huw Aaron
If you want to order the book you need to contact the Welsh Books Council by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01970 624455.
If you don’t want to get one of the free books, you can use the token to get £1 off any other full-priced book (you get €1.50 off if you’re in Ireland).
Prefer a free audiobook? That’s ok too. The audiobook just needs to cost at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).
You’re also able to use your free book token for braille, large print and audio. These are available via Guide Dogs and RNIB. For braille and audio call 0303 123 9999 and for large print call 0118 9838275.
Just be aware that the World Book Day tokens do expire and need to be used before Sunday 28 March 2021. However, participating booksellers will honour the vouchers after 28 March while stocks last.
If you/your child want to listen to a range of free full-length audiobooks or audio excerpts, there are loads here.
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