Events World Book Day 2nd March

Published on March 2nd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw


Celebrate World Book Day

World Book Day celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Book lovers across the country, young and old, will be sharing their favourite stories in a global celebration of reading.

Children up and down the country dress up as characters from their favourite books on this fun day. Meanwhile, World Book Day is distributing 15 million £1 World Book Day tokens to the UK’s schoolchildren.

Using their token, children can choose from 10 exclusively free World Book Day books. Authors include Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Francesca Simon. Another of the titles is, Peppa Pig – Peppa Loves World Book Day.

Peppa Pig Special Stamp

This loveable little pig is also featured in the Classic Children’s TV Stamp Cover celebrating the best of Classic Children’s TV. Alternatively, children can put their £1 token towards any other book or audio book of their choice at participating book shops.

The Many Benefits of Reading

children's books

Whilst reading improves our vocabulary and grammar, you may be surprised to learn it can also help mathematical skills. Children who frequently read books at 10 years old and subsequently more than once a week at 16 score higher in maths tests compared with children who read less.

Reading also enhances spatial awareness, improving our perception of distances and directions. Research carried out by the National Reading Campaign shows avid readers are better at map reading, building planning and sporting activities.

In addition, reading reduces stress levels. A study at the University of Essex found 30 minutes spent reading relieves stress better than listening to music or having a cup of tea.

Who is Your Favourite Author?

reading on a kindle

Whether you prefer to read via an eReader, audiobook or a traditional hardback or paperback, enjoying a book from one of your favourite Authors takes you to another world.

The Post Office Shop celebrates the work and achievements of many of this country’s great writers. From the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie to arguably the greatest children’s author of all time, Roald Dahl. Their work is celebrated in a series of special stamps to mark their literary achievements.

For fans of Jane Austen, 2017 marks a special anniversary. It is 200 years since her death and to mark this bicentenary, a series of events will be held in Hampshire, where she lived. Here on the Post Office Shop Blog we will be covering the anniversary in more detail in the summer.

For more information about this year’s World Book Day, visit

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