World Book Day has revealed the live tour line-up for 2015’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth, featuring over 40 top authors and illustrators and visiting ten locations throughout the UK and Ireland. The Biggest Book Show on Earth was first established by World Book Day in 2012 as a London-based event and the first tour in 2014 saw the show visit five regions.
Events will run from 23 February – 06 March, including a stopover in Dublin. The Dublin event will take place on the 04 March, just before World Book Day itself and will include Steven Butler, Derek Landy, David O’Doherty, Chris Judge with more authors to be announced early 2015.
Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery series, Landy says: “I’m delighted to once again play my part in my home town for World Book Day, one of the most wonderful, positive campaigns going.”
The Biggest Book Show on Earth was conceived and coordinated by Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day, alongside hand-picked local partners and organisers who will be working with local schools to fill the venues as well as coordinating the book-selling for each of their events. Grant says: “World Book Day’s ultimate mission is to encourage a love of reading in all children, and by doubling our tour stops we’ve made a major step towards achieving this ambition with The Biggest Book Show on Earth. We’re bringing an amazing selection of children’s author and illustrator talent to over 14,000 children in the UK and Ireland. I hope that enjoying performances by so many brilliant authors will inspire children to see the endless possibilities and fun to be had between the covers of a book. It’s also wonderful to work with local organisers who are vital in bringing books to their communities, during World Book Day and all year round.”
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading with the aim of encouraging children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day €1.50 Book Token provided by Irish booksellers. The €1.50 Book Token can be exchanged for one of eleven specially published World Book Day Books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing €3.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.