Tuesday, 4 March 2014

World Book Day Comes To Schools All Over The UK & Giveaway


World book day is on march 6th we have already decided on Harry Potter (again). World Book Day is back with a brand new line up of ten brilliant titles from some of the nation's top children and Young Adult authors. The biggest and best annual celebration of reading and books for young people returns for its 17th year with something for everyone, from toddlers to teens. And each of the must-reads can be picked up for FREE, using a special £1 World Book Day Book Token handed out in nurseries and schools across the country.




Building on the success of last year's The Biggest Book Show on Earth, World Book Day 2014 also sees the launch of an exciting and brand new pre-recorded TV show format. Available online for the whole of March, schools, groups and parents can register to watch all the wonderful World Book Day authors and illustrators sharing they're tips and answering questions from children across the country. The pre-record will also be compared by family favourites Dick and Dom!




Schools, parents and children across the nation can register. to register,  log on and enjoy watching it together at a time that suit. 




Compared by CBBC’s Dick and Dom, the show features World Book Day authors and illustrators:

James Patterson
David Melling
Emily Gravett
Jill Murphy
Jim Smith
Lauren St John
Terry Deary
Martin Brown
Alex T Smith
Sarah Lean
Robert Muchamore
Maureen Johnson





Here is a few tips on writing from some of the featured authors.

David Melling

People always ask me what the best writing tip I've ever been given is. my knee-jerk response to that question is: do a little each day. It’s very important. Kids often ask me ‘how do you do that?’ when I draw, and it all comes down to a little each day. It’s like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport. You don’t pick up your tennis racket one day and be volleying, hitting winning shots the next. The more you practice the better you get, and that’s the same with writing and drawing.

I also always keep note and sketchbooks, an idea might come from one simple illustration. I'm constantly drawing and redrawing these characters as they evolve. With Jack Frost, I was very conscious that I wanted to do a proper 'Once upon a time...' picture book so there's no set rule or pattern but I always use the note or sketchbook as a starting point.

Alex T Smith


Don’t assume that professional illustrators always know how to draw – I had to learn to draw bicycle a couple of years ago. Even pros have to learn and practice!

Always remember that when drawing you aren’t imitating life – your drawings don’t have to be realistic! Claude’s eyebrows are above his head, you wouldn't see that in real life!

When I'm writing I might do some tiny doodles about how it would work as a book spread to help me keep track of my ideas. I really get going with the pictures when the text is complete. I'm always very keen on the idea that if you can say something with pictures then go for it.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer and an artist?

Yes, always. I've always loved books and luckily came from a very bookish family. I've also always loved drawing. I can remember the very first picture I drew - I was very very young and I was sitting at the dining table on my mum's lap and I drew a teddy bear. It was really just a couple of very wobbly circles and a bit of scribble but I knew it was a teddy bear and told my mum exactly what was going on in my picture. From then on I was hooked and have had a pencil in my hand pretty much all the time since then!



Emily Gravett’s Top Five Writing Tips

1) Often I find that just getting to know my character will give me ideas for a story. I begin by writing down and drawing everything I know about them on a sheet of paper.

2) To get a really good resolution for a story I like to brainstorm. To do this write down your challenge or obstacle in the middle of a sheet of paper then as quickly as you can write down as many ways as you can think of to solve your problem.

3) Ending your story - Sometimes it’s worth writing down a few different endings for your story. Some happy, some sad, some funny. Try them all out. Most of the time one of them will leap out at you as the ‘right’ ending.

4) It’s good to write down ideas as you get them (or they tend to vanish). I use my sketchbook, but I also have a box to put more chunky ideas in. Even things that might spark ideas like packaging, buttons etc.

5) Finally, I think it’s important to keep re-reading aloud what you have written. Reading aloud helps you hear the rhythm of your story, and highlights any snaggy areas that need work.




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


I have for a giveaway the ten titles featured by some of the nation's top children and Young Adult authors. All you need to do is fill in the form below.



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95 comments:

  1. I know my son would like to read the Terrible Trenches book, he enjoys all the Horrible Histories books and tv series

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  2. My boy is going as Horrid Henry

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  3. jack pepper book looks great

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  4. Terrible trenches looks a really good book, even the name has a ring to it.

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  5. My daughter is going as the ladybird from James and the Giant Peach for World Book Day this year.

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  6. The midnight picnic looks great x

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  7. I love all the worst witch books but id most like the hugless douglas

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  8. Hello ,Hugless Douglas looks good

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  9. last year they dressed up as lion (hand made outift) from lion, witch & wardrobe (eldest son), a gargoyle (grey onesie with hood and wings) from the gargoylz series (middle son) and rory the racing car (youngest son). this year (new school) they are not dressing up.

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  10. My eldest is dressing up as a chef from a cook book x

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  11. All of the books look fun in their own way. You can never have too many books.

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  12. My daughter is going as the worst witch

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  13. I would love to read all 10 of these myself but I ought to be kind and share them with my niece and nephew ;)

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  14. i like the look of the terrible trenches

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  15. Love the worst witch, was my fave when i was a kis=d and is still amazing now zz

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  16. I love Hugless Douglas books although the kids are probaly too old for it now or The Boy in the Smoke sounds good

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  17. Our 2 grandsons are going as BATMAN + ROBIN

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  18. this year emmet form the lego movie, but lego also have books and thats what he wanted

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  19. I would love to read James Pattersons Middle School

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  20. the horrible histories book looks most interesting

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  21. My daughter wants the worst witch book!

    Ashleigh

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  22. I would pick Hello Hugless Douglas

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  23. my daughter would like James Pattersons Middle School

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  24. My daughter is going as little red riding hood although she wanted to be the grand high witch!

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  25. The midnight picnic sounds great
    (Kim Neville)

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  26. I think my granddaughter would lo9ve Fun With The Worst Witch!

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  27. My eldest son would love Rock Wars
    Spencer Broadley
    s.broad@hotmail.co.uk

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  28. I have a where's wally and a pirate ready for tomorrow :) x

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  29. My son's school are having Breakfast with a Book tomorrow. I think he would like the James Patterson book best.

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  30. My two have to take in their Favourite book but last year my son dressed as Prince Caspian
    and my daughter as Alice in wonderland :)
    @Segga86


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  31. Leave a comment, it can be what your children are dressing up as or even which book out the ten looks most interesting.
    they are staying in their onesies - as we don't have any 'costumes'

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  32. I think my eldest would like horrid histories

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  33. we love horrible histories :-)

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  34. my eldest would love the horrible histories one, my middle son would love I am not a loser and my daughter would love Hugless Douglas so all 10 of the books would come in VERY handy and well read in our home!!! xxx
    Deb Alexander
    debbie-alexander@sky.com

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  35. The Worst Witch one looks good - I used to love that series as a child!

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  36. They don't do dressing up at their school. My kids are total bookworms this would be ace

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  37. would love to win some books for my grandson,

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  38. Hello Hugless Douglas looks like something my boy and I would enjoy!!!

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  39. My daughter is hooked on the Tudors, she dressed up as Mary Tudor.

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  40. My dog, Izzy (she's very talented) volunteers for Post Pals (a charity that aims to bring smiles to the faces of terminally ill children and their siblings). March is book month and i think Jack Pepper would be the perfect book to send to Izzy's pal this month x

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  41. like the look of the little book prade

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  42. The Worst Witch looks good

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  43. the worst witch x maria blythin

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  44. I think my son would love Hello Hugless Dougless :)

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  45. my grandaughter would love the worst witch!

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  46. These books look fantastic

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  47. Jake dressed up as the Gruffalo

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  48. My son dressed up as oliver.

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  49. lynsey buchanan16 March 2014 at 17:41

    alice in wonderland

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  50. My daughter dressed up as Robin Hood

    Kel Ellen Hirst

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  51. The Horrible Histories Terrible Trenches book looks good,

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  52. my son went as horrid henry

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  53. Some great reads for my grandchildren here :) As a retired teacher I love children's books so I would have to read them first before sharing. Well that's my excuse :)

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  54. i love the look of hugless douglas

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  55. Hello Hugless Douglas looks brilliant - I'm entering for my niece as she's really really into books and these look perfect for her! :)

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  56. Would love to read the terrible trenches

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  57. My son dressed up as the mad hatter :)

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  58. Rebecca Gransden28 March 2014 at 14:52

    The Boy in the Smoke looks interesting.

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  59. A life without books is unthinkable!

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  60. My daughters fav book is pirates that love underpants and in the book their after a trophy that is a pair of golden underpants! So we made the trophy out of paper mache and she dressed as a pirate she loved it :)

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  61. I am Not/Nit a loser looks lke fun

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  62. hello hugless douglas @fifegirl47

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  63. For world book day our kids had to go in their pyjamas with their favourite bedtime story.

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  64. Jack Pepper looks quite good

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  65. the midnight picnic looks interesting

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  66. my son would love to read Terrible Trenches :)

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  67. Pam Francis Gregory30 March 2014 at 18:13

    Rock War looks great!

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  68. I loved all the worst witch boks as a child, I am really looking forward to introducing my daughter to them

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  69. My niece dressed up as Princess and The Pea this year :-)

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  70. my son would love the horrible histories one

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  71. I'm a school librarian and I was Hermonie Grainger from Harry Potter for World Book Day :) Linda Sallie Guest

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  72. I love James patterson so very interested to check his out

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  73. I think the terrible trenches book looks the most interesting!

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  74. Middle school, how i got lost in london looks good x

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  75. Horrible histories would be my sons favourite! Jake didnt dress up this year but took a book in based on the Lego Movie :)

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  76. the boy in the smoke if i win please x

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  77. The Midnight Picnic sounds good

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  78. My daughter dressed up as Winnie the Witch! She loves her!

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  79. These books look fabulous! My daughter dressed up this year as Hermione from Harry Potter books

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  80. my daughter would love the Jack Pepper book x

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  81. Rosie dressed up as "maya the bee"

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  82. I'd love to read The Midnight Picnic.
    (sam fernley)

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