An important day for reading in Wales. Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Diwrnod y Llyfr in Wales happens with National Book Tokens, book publishers in the UK and, in Wales, the Welsh Books Council working in partnership with schools.
More than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens are distributed to children and young people throughout the UK and Ireland (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18).
As a local bookseller we're helping to make World Book Day, falling on St David's Day this year, a particular success this year.
Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day postponed, here and UK wide due to the adverse weather and we're also closed today. But by visiting the World Book Day website you'll find activities to enjoy even if you are stuck at home: http://www.worldbookday.com/
Pen'rallt were to be at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen Primary Campus with Malachy Doyle and Eurig Salisbury and children were to swap their WBD £1 tokens for our selection of World Book Day books, including the first Welsh language title 'Na, Nel! Un tro . . .'. Everyone is a little sad but knows it is unwise to venture out with children in this weather. We'll keep you informed when the date has been re-organised. As for the bookshop, we'll be closed today afterall , but on our usual opening times we'll have World Book Day books plus a wonderful range of Malachy's and Eurig's.
(Pen'rallt are at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen Primary Campus with Malachy Doyle and Eurig Salisbury who'll be working with children throughout the school. On our bookstall, including our selection of the World Book Day titles, we're featuring many of Malachy Doyle's best loved books as well as his latest Fug and the Thumps, published by Firefly Press. Eurig Salisbury, is past Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children's Laureate) 2011-13 and has adapted many children's books into Welsh. Eurig will be working with the really little ones. Amongst lots of fun with words and pictures, they'll be counting dinosaurs in rhyme! At the bookstall in the afternoon, children can swap their WBD £1 tokens and choose from one of the FIVE* (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books. Or buy Fug and the Thumps at a special reduced price with their token and have their copy signed by the author; or visit the bookshop during normal opening hours (The WBD book token can also be used by children to get £1 off any full price book here at the bookshop.))
And everyone is very excited as, for the first time this year, there is an additional Welsh-language FREE WBD book - available only in Wales.
*Na, Nel!: Un Tro… gan Meleri Wyn James, sydd yn cynnwys lluniau deniadol John Lund. /
Na, Nel!: Un Tro… by Meleri Wyn James, illustrated by John Lund, published by Y Lolfa.
There's been lots in the news recently about the huge benefits for children who are read to, from 0+, by parents, grandparents and guardians. But what to read, with so many great children's books shouting for attention? We think the service offered on the WBD website is brilliant.
You can find lots of English Language ideas organised by age range and popular themes. You simply select the age group and theme to get suggestions for books to read and enjoy with your children. All of these books are in print, can be ordered through us or requested at your local library. (Hey there, Welsh Books Council, let's have the same for children's books in Welsh . . . want to suggest this idea? why not contact: http://www.cllc.org.uk/gwasanaethau-services/plant-children