Children from schools across Hastings and Rother will be celebrating their love of reading and books by taking part in World Book Day.
Many schools will be holding events where children will dress up as their favourite characters from books.
World Book Day marks its 20th anniversary this year and organisers say the event is ‘a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading’.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Schools and nurseries will be sent packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.
Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd some 15 million book tokens will be distributed.
Children can take their voucher to a local bookseller and use it to pick one of ten exclusive, new and completely free books.
Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club.
A spokesperson said: “It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.”
If you are holding events for World Book Day we want to hear from you. Send us your pictures and reports and we will do our best to feature them in the paper.
There are lots of ideas and resources for taking part in World Book Day, on the website at www.worldbookday.com.
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