World Book Day 1st March 2012


World Book Day 2012 takes place 1st March 2012

Book Tokens for Primary Kids

Every primary school child in Ireland will receive a €1.50 book token which they can swop for one of nine specially produced books or use in part payment for any book or audio book. (from €3.99 upwards).  The cost of the vouchers are sponsored by local booksellers and WBD's main sponsor, National Book Tokens Ltd.

Fun Book Events

There will be a host of events throughout the month!

'The Biggest Book Show on Earth', an online festival which is free and registration is open now at  There are two shows on 1st March, one for Preschoolers 9.30 – 10 a.m. and one for Primary Children 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and they will be streamed live.

Win a €50 Book Token

Take the World Book Day Ireland survey of children's reading habits, it takes just one minute to complete and there is a €50 Book Token up for grabs!

Bring a Book, Buy a Book in aid of St Michael's House

We are asking staff of participating companies to bring second-hand books from their homes and buy donated books from their colleagues at a cost of €2 per book.  This can be set up in a staff common area over a morning, day or evening and works on a trust basis or manned by a staff member.  The campaign is to encourage reading for all.

Each location receives a starter pack consisting of Promotional Posters, Bookmarks, Stickers, Donation Box.

The ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book” was first piloted in 2008 with 15 locations taking part.  The campaign has since enjoyed growing success with 165 locations taking part in 2011 with excellent reports of boosting staff morale and team building, while at the same time completing a worthwhile CSR programme.  In 2011, a total of 90,000 books were exchanged raising a total of €45,000. St. Michael’s House aims to increase this figure in 2012.

Our ‘Bring a Book Buy a Book’ campaign is in association with World Book Day, Children’s Books Ireland and Dublin Book Festival.  Please visit us at for further details

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