World Book Day 7th March 2013


world book day 2013World Book Day 2013 takes place this year on Thursday 7th March 2013.  With an array of events online and across Ireland, there's loads of book fun coming your way!

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.

World Book Day Books

Young imaginations will run wild with the exciting line up of nine new books from bestselling children’s authors and illustrators. Children are in for a treat with a specially-written World Book Day title by popular Irish writer Judi Curtin. Ask Eva is the latest in her bestselling Eva Gordon series of heart-warming stories. 

Kids across the country will get their groove on with Giraffes Can’t Dance: Colouring and Puzzle Fun from Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees; teach mums and dads a thing or two using Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry’s Guide to Perfect Parents; or uncover what makes things tick with the Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions by TV’s Tony Robinson.

hang in there bozo lauren childFamilies can share the world of Shirley Hughes’ much-loved character ‘Alfie’, as he returns in his latest story Alfie’s Shop, while young teens will be swept up in the romance and friendships of Cathy Cassidy’s latest edition to the popular Chocolate Box Girls series, Bittersweet.

Liz Pichon invites readers to have the Best Book Day Ever! (so far) with the newest Tom Gates novel, a brilliant blend of stories and doodles.

Meanwhile those with a nose for adventure can follow the code-cracking exploits of schoolgirl Ruby Redfort in an original mystery by Lauren Child or enjoy the thrill of the chase alongside Anthony Horowitz’s Diamond Brothers in their latest showdown, Two of Diamonds.

Fun Book Events

There will be a host of events throughout the month, check our Events listings!

This year an extra-special surprise is in store for children who download the World Book Day ‘Books Alive’ app, as they can watch their €1.50 book token and books come to life for the first time through augmented reality technology by scanning them with a smartphone.

To mark the big day itself, 2013 will see the return of ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ –  the original live-streamed literary festival for children – which last year saw half a million children from 78 countries worldwide tuning in to watch performances by their favourite writers and illustrators.  Log onto before World Book Day to register for the live stream, or watch it online at a later date.

Storycraft is a new online initiative which brings together tips on writing and illustration from top children’s writers, while an exciting array of events will also be taking place to mark the day in schools, libraries and bookshops across the country – from sponsored dress-ups and competitions to appearances and readings by top authors.

Visit and for more information, the latest news and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter

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

The St Michael’s House 2013 ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ campaign will take place from the 1st – 10th March 2013. To register your location and receive a starter pack for 2013 ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ campaign:

Join on Facebook:


Email: [email protected]

Phone (01) 8840200.

The campaign asks volunteers to set up ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ locations in their offices, schools, colleges, clubs or homes. Volunteers contribute their second hand books and purchase books donated by their colleagues, fellow students, friends or family at a cost of €2 per book. The campaign encourages reading for all and all funds raised will go directly to St Michael’s House to help provide services to children and adults with an intellectual disability.

A number of pop up shops will be set up for the 2013 ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ campaign. This year, pop up shops can be found in a number of Dublin City centre locations such as Heuston and Connolly station. St. Michael’s House has also teamed up with Eight Twenty Cabs to provide their customers with free books from February 14th to celebrate the Bring a book, Buy a book campaign. St. Michael’s House will be leaving free books in selected Eight Twenty Cabs around the city.

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