World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child, and young person, a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland 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.

World Book Day Events

Waterstones Bury

7th March:  2pm – 5pm

Activities on the day include a book quiz, a treasure hunt, and lots more fun activities.

Full details can be found HERE

World Book Day 2019 Waterstones Bury

World Book Day Fun at Bury Libraries

7th March

Stories, songs & crafts for pre-school children and their grown ups.

When: 2pm – 3pm

Full details can be found HERE


Family story time session

When: 6pm – 7pm

Where: Ramsbottom Library

Full details can be found HERE


8th March

Stories, songs & crafts for pre-school children and their grown ups.

When: 2pm – 4pm

Where: Prestwich Library

Full details can be found HERE

World Book Day 2019 Bury Libraries


ReadingZone are challenging young people aged 4 to 18 years to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2019.  The competition is now open and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Tuesday 30th April.

The competition includes four categories:

  • Young creators (aged 4-6)
  • Primary Award (aged 7-11)
  • Secondary Award (aged 11-18)
  • Achievement Award (for the school with the most enthusiastic approach)

The winners will be announced in June 2019. You can find out more about this HERE

World Book Day Costumes

Is your child’s school or nursery having a fancy dress day to celebrate World Book Day?

If you’re looking for a costume there are plenty of places locally with plenty of ideas and fancy dress outfits for sale:

  • Matalan
  • Asda
  • Tesco
  • TKMaxx
  • Lidl are doing a range of book day costumes. Online and in store from 24th Feb.
  • Sainsburys

More dressing up ideas can be found HERE

2019’s £1 Books

This year’s £1 books include:

  • The Hundred And One Dalmations – Cruella And Cadpig
  • Ten Little Bookworms
  • Bad Mermaids
  • The Great Rocket Robbery
  • Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend

Full details of all of the books available can be found HERE

Where To Spend The Book Token

More than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be given to children and young people.  When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller

Find your local participating bookshop:

  • WHSmith, 15 Haymarket, Bury BL9 0BX

  • Waterstones, 4 Union Arcade, Bury BL9 0OF