jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 4th March 2021



Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, distribute over 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland) every year on World Book Day.

The £1 book tokens can then be swapped for one of our exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books available from participating booksellers or used to get £1 off (€1.50 off in Ireland) any full price book or audiobook instead (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland). The World Book Day £1 books are a gift from booksellers, who fully fund the cost of the £1 book token redemptions. The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB.

Written by: Tom Fletcher Illustrated by: Greg Abbott Publisher: Puffin Books WOW!  Monster, Dragon, Alien, and Witch have made you a book! Jump in to explore the interactive adventure inside … but make sure you watch out for the BIG BAD WOLF!
Written by: Jonny Duddle Publisher: Bonnier “I’ve made this thing I call a ‘BOOK’. I might let you three have a look. We’ll play my game called DINO-SPOT. To win, you’ll have to spot the lot!” Bonehead thinks he’s the best dino spotter. But can he find GIGANTOSAURUS?
Written by: Julia Donaldson Illustrated by: Lydia Monks Publisher: Macmillan One clever ladybird, two bungling burglars… and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overheard their plot, and she has a plan of her own…
Written by: Sita Brahmachari Publisher: Hachette Immy has always loved wild swimming; one day, she hopes to become a marine biologist. Tomorrow is the first step towards that goal – completing her entry level diving certificate. But her plans for a good night’s sleep are ruined by a strange and vivid dream of a distressed whale in the river. At school she tries to shake it off, but discovers that her nightmare has leaked into reality. Immy and her trusty friend Cosmo must head for the Thames on a mission to save the trapped river whale. Can Immy use her skills to release it from the rubbish-filled nets it’s caught in and guide it home? Told in a mixture of free verse and prose, this is the beautiful new short adventure from Sita Brahmachari, with illustrations by Poonam Mistry.

Written by: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Bloomsbury
High above the streets of Paris live the rooftoppers, a secret gang of children who eat, sleep and tumble amongst the chimney pots. It’s a perilous life, but for Matteo and Mercedes the adventure is only just beginning. Caught up in a long-standing feud that threatens their existence amongst the stars, they find themselves on a hunt across Paris, tearing across the roofs of Versailles and the Louvre, searching for hidden treasure in a race against Henri Danglars – the enemy who would seek to destroy that which they love best.
From bestselling and multiple-award-winning author Katherine Rundell, this joyful new story of the rooftoppers of Paris is full of her trademark bravery and adventure. It’s a treat just waiting to be discovered.

Written by: Derek Landy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Three ancient gods are freed from their prison with only one desire: to destroy the planet and everyone on it.
To save us all, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain must go undercover in a Dublin school. Skulduggery has to blend in with the teaching staff, while Valkyrie has to pass for an ordinary schoolgirl. Above all else, no matter what happens, they both must act completely and utterly normal.
We are so dead.
Please note: Not suitable for younger readers.
Written by: Jess French
Illustrated by: Aleesha Nandhra
Publisher: DK
Our planet is precious, and it’s up to us to take care of it. You may feel small, but your small actions can make a big difference. This book will teach you that by acting with kindness towards other people, plants, animals, and yourself, you can help to protect the planet.
Get further inspiration on how to save our world by downloading this incredible Protect the Planet activity pack: Protect the Planet digital activity pack.
Written by: Zanib Mian
Publisher: Hachette
One of Omar’s best friends, Daniel, has a little sister who goes to hospital regularly. He usually finds it easy to cheer her up when she’s there, but this time he feels he needs to do something extra special.
Enter Omar and their other best friend Charlie to help with Operation Kind! The boys try to come up with the perfect surprise for Suzy, and when they find out her favourite author is in the UK for just one day it feels like it was meant to be.
Can the boys overcome all of the ridiculous obstacles that get thrown in their path and face their fears, in a race against time to get a signed copy of the book for Suzy?
Why not take a sneak peek inside?
Written by: Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by: Fiona Lumbers
Publisher: Andersen Press
Today is World Book Day and Luna can’t wait. She has the whole day planned… Dress up as her favourite book character: a unicorn! Meet an author and an illustrator. Buy a new book with her book token. But – disaster! – Luna the Unicorn’s costume has ripped! Can Dad come to the rescue with a magic potato?
Celebrate World Book Day with Luna, from the Luna Loves series: Luna Loves Library Day and Luna Loves Art!

Written by: Humza Arshad and Henry White
Illustrated by: Aleksei Bitskoff
Publisher: Puffin Books
You’ve heard of Little Badman, right? No? Oh. Well. . . Doesn’t matter. You will do one day. He’s gonna be big.
Twelve-year-old Humza Khan, aka Little Badman is, amongst lots of other things: Eggington’s greatest rapper, a ninja, an all-round legend. That’s all according to Humza. And, to be honest, Eggington (his home town) is quite small. He has saved the word a couple of times though – from alien slugs and evil time-travelling teachers.
They are very cool adventures, and we’ll tell you about them some time, but this story will blow your mind. Humza and his two friends, Umer and Wendy, have narrowly avoided being hit by rock from outer-space. What does get hit, though, is a box of delicious samosas, which turn . . . radioactive. The three friends wake up the next day to find they have superpowers, which is pretty cool. What’s less cool is the giant hamsters roaming the town. Looks like a job for Little Badman and his crew . .
Written by: Holly Jackson
Publisher: Egmont
Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend’s murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920’s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy.
But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder. But as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn’t the only case on her mind . . .
Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the best-selling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.
NB: Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.
Written by: Alexander Bellos and Ben Lyttleton
Illustrated by: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Walker Books
Discover 20 mind-blowing football stories in this awesome collection created for World Book Day 2021.
Find out the true stories of the star players, top teams and game changers who have shaped football history. Stories include:
- The secret behind Lionel Messi’s success
- The footballer who pooed on the pitch
- The greatest goat in football
- The incredible story of women’s football after World War I
The bestselling Football School series explains the world through football. This collection is packed with fascinating facts and super stats, so you’ll learn loads about football, as well as other amazing subjects such as history, science and geography.
Make reading even more fun by downloading these great activities from the Football School series:
Football School Biology Activity Kit
Football School Geography Activity Kit
Football School Physics Activity Kit

We also have exclusive titles for Wales and Ireland.

World Book Day book tokens will be valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. In 2021 participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last. Please contact your local bookseller to check if they are able to offer £1 off other titles.

CHECK OUT SAMPLES OF THE BOOKS AT: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/

World Book Day’s £1 books can be found in major supermarkets as well as bookshop chains and hundreds of independent booksellers. A full list is available here:






 50 best children’s books that both you and your children will love to read.

The bedtime story is a tradition loved by parents and children across the land, and we all have fond memories of our own story time.

For some parents it is precious 10 minutes of one to one time with their children before they head to the land of nod.

Children become so obsessed with their favourite books, that one in three parents have even confessed to pretending to lose a book to avoid having to read it again (admit it, you’re guilty of this too).


  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)
  2. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (1999)
  3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss (1957)
  4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (1989)
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982)
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
  7. Winnie-The-Pooh by A A Milne (1926)
  8. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (1982)
  9. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (1997)
  10. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (2001)
  11. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (1968)
  12. Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)
  13. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)
  14. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)
  15. Code Name Bananas by David Walliams (2020)
  16. Stickman by Julia Donaldson (2008)
  17. Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill (1980)
  18. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (1952)
  19. Dogger by Shirley Hughes (1977)
  20. Three Billy Goats Gruff (1841)
  21. Meg and Mog by Helen Nicholl (1972)
  22. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (1950)
  23. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (1960)
  24. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
  25. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (2007)
  26. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  27. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (1958)
  28. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (1943)
  29. The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson (2011)
  30. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (1974)
  31. Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (1983)
  32. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
  33. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams (1973)
  34. Curious George By Margaret Rey and HA Rey (1939)
  35. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
  36. The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg (1986)
  37. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
  38. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum (1900)
  39. Stig of the Dump by Clive King (1963)
  40. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (2003)
  41. I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (2000)
  42. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery (1943)
  43. The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter (2013)
  44. Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon (1994)
  45. Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton (1949)
  46. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1945)
  47. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (2006)
  48. The Sheep-Pig by Dick King Smith (1983)
  49. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)
  50. The Queen’s Nose by Dick King Smith (1983)




Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.


Happiness is…good (and I mean ‘good’ there is mountains of crap ones) classic children’s book.


Doctor’s office: All our records are electronic now just fill out these 12 forms.


Love is…in the wink of an eye.


A time for Room on the Broom…A time for Harry Potter books.

A time for The Tigger Who Came To Tea…A time for Dogger.



4th March 1975: Comic genius Chaplin is knighted. Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin has become Sir Charles after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

4th March 1966 John Lennon says “We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus”

4th March 1890 Longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) at 1,710 ft in length is opened in Scotland by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII

4th March 1877 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” has its world premiere, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow






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