Since 1998 in the UK, on the first Thursday in March, school children have received a £1 book token, which can either be swapped for a World Book Day special release or used as a £1 voucher against any book in all UK bookshops.
As a charity, it supports Book Aid International (http://www.bookaid.org/) and Readathon (http://www.readathon.org) - their work brings books to those less fortunate.
As a schoolchild I used to love getting my token and heading off to the bookshop, as a bookseller today I loved seeing all the children come in to choose a book to dive into! One young man in particular stood out today, he told me that he helps out in the school library, and proudly pointed at his "Librarian" badge, bless!
Another fun part of World Book Day is the costumes! Children get to dress up as their favourite characters for school, and there are some fantastic outfits (just thinking about it gets me all broody and itching to make costumes for our not-as-yet-existent children)! And as someone who loves fancy dress, I think the adult costumes are brilliant too.
So for this week's blog I've compiled a collection of some adorable, clever, and imaginative costumes over on Pinterest. Has your child taken part in WBD today? Have you worn/made a literary costume you were particularly proud of? If you have photos please share them with us (we love pictures!) In the meantime head over to my World Book Day board and be amazed :-)