World Book Day celebrates all things literature and artwork and is a great way to inspire your kids to pick up a book and start reading.
This year, World Book Day is held on Thursday March 3 and celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Whether your mini runs around you like his favorite Roald Dahl character or casts spells like he’s in Harry Potter, here’s how you can get his imagination going.
Waterstones has rounded up its must-have children’s books for 2022, which include everything from young adult fiction to picture books.
March sees the return of some real Waterstones children’s favorites with new books from @HGold_author and @NotAgainBenbewitching YA debuts from @AyanaGray and @AneesaMarufu as well as stunning picture books courtesy of @TomPercivalsays and @Joetoddstanton: https://t.co/9b7wblGNL2 pic.twitter.com/Qfj9GjyJtC
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) March 2, 2022
There’s also a range of 12 books available to buy with a £1 World Book Day token – find out more via the World Book Day website.
Get them reading this World Book Day and beyond with these recommendations.
The children’s books you must read this World Book Day
Teen and young adult
beasts of prey
Author: Ayana Gray
“With echoes of The Gilded Ones and Witches Steeped in Gold, Gray’s pan-African mythological fantasy sets a magical girl and aspiring warrior in pursuit of a vicious monster plaguing their town,” Waterstones said.
The special edition paperback is available for £6.99 from the Waterstones website.
The balloon thief
Author: Aneesa Marufu
“Featuring aerial adventure and wicked jinn spirits, Marufu’s exhilarating college debut finds a sixteen-year-old fleeing an arranged marriage in a hot air balloon – and into a dangerous world of magic and curses,” described Waterstones.
The exclusive paperback could be yours for £6.99 via the Waterstones website.
All that’s left in the world
Author: Erik J Brown
“A perfect read for Wranglestone fans, Brown’s atmospheric debut fuses a queer love story with a post-apocalyptic thriller as two boys flee the many dangers raging after the Superflu wiped out most of humanity” , commented Waterstones.
The signed paperback edition is an exclusive offer from Waterstones at just £6.99 via the Waterstones website.
With World Book Day less than a week away, excitement levels are getting quite high here in the land of booksellers! Did you stop by your local store to redeem your @book_tokens again? https://t.co/wsi9oVr1uW
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) February 25, 2022
Author: Tom Percival
“Few children’s authors can get to the heart of their readers’ emotions as deftly as Tom Percival, and in The River, the author-illustrator of The Invisible and Ruby’s Worry finds the perfect metaphor for exploring the ever-changing feelings of ‘a young boy,’ Waterstones commented.
Add it to your basket for £5.99 via the Waterstones website.
The Windrush Child by John Agard
Author: John Agar
Illustrator: Sophie Bass
“Award-winning poet John Agard’s lyrical and important poem, Windrush Child, comes to life for young readers in this vibrant picture book beautifully illustrated by Sophie Bass,” said Waterstones.
The signed ex-libris edition is due out on March 10 and the hardback copy can be pre-ordered for £12.99 via the Waterstones website.
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Author: Joe Todd Stanton
“Using magic and inspiration once again to explore themes highly relevant to real children, Joe Todd-Stanton weaves a touching and compassionate story about moving and discovering new places,” Waterstones commented.
The signed hardback edition is available from World Book Day for £12.99 and can be purchased through the Waterstones website.
With new titles from @veschwabMargaret Atwood, @amy_may, @OliverBullough, @thebodycoach and of course the highly anticipated fantasy debut of @OlivieBlakeMarch is shaping up to be a very exciting month for publishing: https://t.co/uDoPrEzg7Q pic.twitter.com/PotyEwCQf0
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) March 2, 2022
Isadora Moon catches the Magic Pox
Author: Harriet Muncaster
“Adorable Isadora Moon returns in a typically tumultuous tale of fake diseases and spells gone horribly wrong as our heroine desperately tries to avoid a dreaded math test,” Waterstones described.
This paperback can be yours for £4.99 via the Waterstones website.
Ambrose follows his nose
Author: Dick King-Smith and Josie Rogers
“Marking 100 years since the birth of Dick-King Smith, this typically charming and sweetly funny tale begun by the late great children’s author and completed by his great-granddaughter Josie Rogers, revolves around a rabbit with incredibly powerful nostrils “, Waterstones commented.
Add a hardback copy to your basket for £10.99 via the Waterstones website.
Author: Nadia Shireen
“The acclaimed picture book author embarks on a seriously silly series for mid-level readers featuring two runaway foxes, a ferocious street cat called Princess Buttons, and a wild woodland filled with hilarious animal characters and weird,” Waterstones commented.
The exclusive pocket edition is available for £5.99 via the Waterstones website.