World Book Day 2010 books revealed

Born to Play

The titles of the six specially produced books for World Book Day 2010 have been announced. This year’s books include a Thomas the Tank Engine story for pre-school children, a Grubtown tales book by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Philip Ardagh, and Scholastic author Dan Freedman’s Jamie Johnson: Born to Play. As with last year’s world book day, some of the titles are ‘flip’ books, providing readers with two books in one.

The titles can be bought at participating book stores with the £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token that is sent to all children in UK and Irish Primary Schools by charity World Book Day Ltd. Pre-schools and Secondary Schools in the UK need to register at to receive support material, including the World Book Day £1 Book Tokens.

The Book Tokens can be redeemed against any book or audio book worth £2.99 (€3.99) or more (one Book Token per transaction), or exchanged for one of the six specially produced £1 (€1.50) books, while stocks last, between Monday 1 and Sunday 28 March inclusive.

The full list of titles is given below. The age ranges given are for appropriate content and not reading age.

Picture book

Thomas & Friends: Thomas to the Rescue (Egmont)

Age 5+ flip book

Kitten Chaos by Anna Wilson (Macmillan Children’s Books) with Magic Ballerina: The Magic Dance by Darcey Bussell (HarperCollins Children’s Books) The Charlie Small Journals: Valley of Terrors (David Fickling Books) with Dinosaur Cove: Battle of the Giants by Rex Stone (Oxford University Press)

Age 7+ flip book

Grubtown Tales: The Great Pasta Disaster by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jim Paillot (Faber & Faber) with Pongwiffy and the Important Announcement by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Nick Price Bloomsbury

Age 9+ flip book

Jamie Johnson: Born to Play by Dan Freedman (Scholastic) with Young Samurai: The Way of Fire by Chris Bradford (Puffin Books)

Age 11+ flip book

Walking the Walls by Chris Higgins (Hodder Children’s Books) with Medusa Project: The Thief by Sophie McKenzie (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Once again, the Joseph Clarke School in Waltham Forest will be creating Braille and Large Print editions of all or some of the £1 Books.