My five year old came running down from school today – elated and waving a piece of paper madly in the air. When she got closer I saw it was her book token for World Book Day. She proudly announced it was her winning ticket for a free book at the book shop and we were to immediately go there. We did just that – we put the shopping on hold and went straight into Bantry Bookshop where she immediately set about trying to redeem her voucher for an enormous Compendium For Girls.
The vouchers are sponsored by National Book Tokens for World Book Day, which is a charity that celebrates books and the value of reading and are valid at all participating book stores. The vouchers/tokens are valid until the 27th March inclusive so there is still plenty of time to cash yours in if you have not yet been physically pulled to the bookshop. By giving each child a voucher worth €1.50, it is hoped that a healthy love of books and reading will be instilled and just the excitement generated by the free ticket certainly seems to have done the trick in this particular case.
The vouchers can be used as either a €1.50 discount off a title of your choice OR the child can choose a free book from the bookcase of specially produced books for World Book Day. I explained to my daughter that she could not have the Compendium for Girls today, but rather a book from this range and she wasted no time in choosing Dr Seuss on the Loose!
There are some lovely, quick-read titles on offer this year including – The Great Pet Shop Panic, Traction City, Danny’s Smelly Toothbrush and Do Bugs Have Bottoms? To hear a recorded reading of the books, visit www.worldbookday.com and climb into the Tree of Tales.