World Book Day £1 books and how to use your £1 National Book Token

by Lauren Abbott

Thousands of £1 World Book Day book tokens will be handed out to children and young people by schools and nurseries in Kent this week.

The mass giveaway enables young bookworms to take their token to a book shop and swap it for one of 12 exclusive free World Book Day books.

Alternatively the token can be used to get £1 off any full priced book or audiobook instead.

The 12 exclusive World Book Day books for 2019 (7563832)
The 12 exclusive World Book Day books for 2019 (7563832)

World Book Day is on Thursday but the £1 book tokens can be used up until Sunday, March 31.

Here's a run down of the 12 free books available in the token exchange this year. You can learn more by visiting

1. Cruella and Cadpig

When Cadpig gets lost playing hide-and-seek, she stumbles into the path of the evil Cruella de Vil… but can her new furry friends help her escape? Inspired by Dodie Smith’s classic story of The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

2. Ten Little Bookworms

Ten little bookworms set off on a library adventure. As they munch their way through stories of every kind, each little bookworm is whisked off into an exciting tale. From prehistoric swamps and spooky castles to outer space and jungle treetops, the bookworms discover amazing adventures in every story they explore. Join the little bookworms to find out why making friends with books is the BEST thing you can do!

3. Herbert Horatio A Very Fishy Tale

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is a very responsible child, possibly the most responsible child you will ever meet. How did he get to be so responsible? Just meet his parents and you will understand.

This is the very fishy tale of how an ordinary day out with Mr and Mrs Bobton-Trent became the death-defying rescue of the one and only Hubert Horatio. And who did the rescuing? Why Hubert of course.

From Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, a deliciously off-the-wall and very fishy tale.

4. Minifigure Mayhem

Join the LEGO® minifigure party and celebrate World Book Day 2019 with a bunch of wacky and wonderful LEGO characters! Laugh at the Clown’s funniest joke, discover the Monster Scientist’s favourite creation, and challenge your friends to fun LEGO activities. LEGO Minifigure Mayhem is packed full of jokes, challenges and facts about the coolest and silliest LEGO minifigure characters ever!

5. Bad Mermaids

Once every one hundred years, the mermaids of the Hidden Lagoon and the witches of Sinkville get together for a party! The Top Witch greets the Mermaid Queen, who is wheeled through the streets of Sinkville in a bathtub. Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda can’t wait to meet a real witch, but when Tiga is unexpectedly sucked down the plughole into the Hidden Lagoon before the celebrations even start, things start to go magically, marvellously, megalodon-sharkally WRONG.

Meet Claude – no ordinary dog! The Great Waggy Avenue Dog Show is happening today – and there are medals galore to be won! If only Claude knew a dog so they could take part…

6. Claude Best in Show

Meet Claude – no ordinary dog! The Great Waggy Avenue Dog Show is happening today – and there are medals galore to be won! If only Claude knew a dog so they could take part…

7. Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo

When the god Apollo asks for a favour, it’s never going to be straightforward.

Percy Jackson is celebrating Grover’s birthday when Apollo turns up. He’s due to perform in front of the other gods on Mount Olympus but one of his four beautiful celedon singers is missing.

Percy sets off to bring her back, but the rogue celedon has sniffed her shot at a solo career and is holding up Broadway. With the bright lights of Times Square in the background, it’s a showdown to remember for Percy – can he find a way to capture her and return her to Apollo in time?

8. The Great Rocket Robbery

Laika and her fellow street dogs are being trained up for the greatest adventure in history – a trip to the moon! But they can’t wait to see the stars – so they hatch a plan to get there all on their own…

Destination: adventure in this uplifting tail of exploration from the award-winning author of Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon.

9. Diary of Greg Heffley's Best Friend

We’ve always seen the stories through Greg’s eyes, but what does his best friend Rowley have to say?

In the dog-eat-dog world of middle school, you have to do whatever it takes to survive. When Rowley’s star begins to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s popularity to his advantage, with unexpected and hilarious consequences, putting their friendship to the test.

The original tale of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID like you’ve never seen it before, told from Rowley’s point-of-view. But how closely with Rowley’s diary journal match up with Greg’s version of events?

10. Ever Dark

It is midnight in Crackledawn – a midnight full of magic. Sea dragons stir in the depths of the ocean, silver whales surface beneath the moon and sand goblins line the shores. Everyone is waiting for the phoenix, the guardian of the kingdom’s magic, to rise up from the forests of Everdark. But there is no sign of the phoenix tonight. Something else surges up out of Everdark instead: a harpy bent on stealing Crackledawn’s magic.

It is up to an eleven-year-old girl called Smudge and an eccentric monkey called Bartholomew to set sail beyond the legendary Northswirl and stop the harpy before it’s too late.

So, grab your compass and roll down your sail – the first adventure in THE UNMAPPED CHRONICLES is about to begin…

11. Snap

When Soraya’s younger brother Farhad runs off into the freezing night, Soraya and her friend, Austin, are in a race against time to find him. High above the streets, Farhad’s guilt closes in. He doesn’t want to be found.

This is the story of two friends, one missing boy and a secret as precious as gold…

12. Nought Forever

I’ve never been shot before. It’s dark but I keep seeing white flashes before my eyes like spots of lightning jabbing at me. Am I going into shock? Must be. But I can’t pass out, not now. Then I’ll be dead for sure.

Dan is on the run – hiding from a ruthless nought gang who want him dead.

It’s one of those nights. One of those nights where I sit alone and watch the world go by. One of those nights when if my hatred were fuel, I would happily light a match and watch the whole world turn.

Eva just wants to be left alone to mourn her daughter. But when a badly wounded Dan crosses her path, she’s compelled to help.

Both are hiding dark secrets from their past. Both have reasons to fear the other. But they are both connected to each other too, and before the night is over, Eva will be forced to choose: betray Dan, or protect him – whatever the cost?

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