Today is World Book Day!
World Book Day is delighted to work with a huge number of publishers, charities and companies who are as passionate about promoting books and reading to children and young people as we are.
Walker Books, publishers of Chris Houghton’s ‘Shh! We Have a Plan’, have a launched a sponsored silence in aid of the National Literacy Trust. On Friday 10 July schools all around the country will be taking part to raise money for our work.
Every school that signs up will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of books, courtesy of Walker Books, as well as a signed, limited edition print by Chris Houghton.
Chris Riddell, creator of the best-selling Goth Girl series, double CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner and political cartoonist, has today (Tuesday 9 June) been appointed the ninth Waterstones Children’s Laureate at a ceremony at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly. Riddell, 53, launched his laureateship by championing creativity in schools and beyond, and asking families to come together and unleash their imaginations by “drawing every day.”
Recognising the legacy of the role he is inheriting, he said: “I couldn’t be more proud to accept this vital role, on which successive Laureates have stamped their identities in their own distinctive ways. During my term, I want to use the immediacy and universality of illustration to bring people together and lead them all into the wonderful world of books and reading.”