List of World Book Day books

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This is a list of books released for the UK World Book Day. In 1998 and 1999 a specially created WBD anthology priced at £1 (1.50 in Ireland) was published. In 2000, instead of a single £1 special anthology, four separate £1 books were published, covering a wider age-range. Since then, each year has seen a new set of special £1 books published.

From 2009 to 2011 flip books were published containing stories by two different authors one starting at each end of the book. 2012 saw the return of single story books and the first E-books published simultaneously.[1]











  • Poppy Cat Loves Rainbows by Lara Jones (Macmillan)
  • Night Flight for the Little Red Train by Benedict Blathwayt (Random House)
  • Horrid Henry's Bedtime by Francesca Simon (Orion)
  • The Flying Feeling by Hilary McKay (Hodder)
  • Roald Dahl's Incredible Chocolate Box by Roald Dahl (Puffin)
  • The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)





  • Astrosaurs: Teeth of the T-Rex by Steve Cole (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Diamond Brothers: I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz (Walker)
  • Horrible Science: The Seriously Squishy Science Book by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)
  • Let the Snog Fest Begin!: Georgia Nicolson's Guide to Life and Luuurve by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • My Sister's Got a Spoon Up Her Nose by Jeremy Strong with illustrations by Rowan Clifford (Penguin)
  • The Code of Romulus in The Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Sharing a Shell Song Book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Selfish Crocodile Counting Book by Michael Terry (Bloomsbury)
  • The Tiara Club: Princess Megan and the Magical Tiara by Vivian French with illustrations by Sarah Gibb (Hachette Children’s Books)
  • Vampirates: Dead Deep by Justin Somper (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)





  • The Tyrannosaurus Drip songbook (picture book) by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Flip book containing Winnie to the Rescue! by Laura Owen and Korky Paul (Oxford University Press) and Yuck’s Rotten Joke by Matt and Dave (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Flip book containing Mr Gum and the Hound of Lamonic Bibber by Andy Stanton (Egmont Children’s Books) and Beast Quest: Sephir the Storm Monster by Adam Blade (Orchard Books)
  • Flip book containing Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades by Rick Riordan (Puffin Books) and Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks (WBD edition) by Terry Deary with illustrations by Martin Brown (Scholastic Children’s Books)
  • Flip book containing Interception Point by Mark Walden (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) and The Spook’s Tale by Joseph Delaney (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Flip book containing The Secret Story (Mates, Dates series) by Cathy Hopkins (Piccadilly Press) and Ten Stations by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins Children’s Books)



  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas to the Rescue (picture book) (Egmont)
  • Flip book containing The Medusa Project: The Thief by Sophie McKenzie (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books) and Walking the Walls by Chris Higgins (Hodder Children's Books)
  • Flip book containing Jamie Johnson: Born to Play by Dan Freedman (Scholastic) and Young Samurai: The Way of Fire by Chris Bradford (Puffin Books)
  • Flip book containing Grubtown Tales: The Great Pasta Disaster by Philip Ardagh with illustrations by Jim Paillot (Faber & Faber) and Pongwiffy and the Important Announcement by Kaye Umansky with illustrations by Nick Price (Bloomsbury)
  • Flip book containing Magic Ballerina: The Magic Dance by Darcey Bussell (HarperCollins Children’s Books) and Kitten Chaos by Anna Wilson (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Flip book containing The Charlie Small Journals: Valley of Terrors (David Fickling Books) and Dinosaur Cove: Battle of the Giants by Rex Stone (Oxford University Press)



  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose Dr. Seuss (HarperCollins)
  • Flip book containing Gargoylz Make Some Noise by Burchett & Vogler (Random House Children’s Books) and S.W.I.T.C.H Bug Battle by Ali Sparkes (Oxford University Press)
  • Flip book containing Humphrey’s Tiny Tales: My TreasureHunt Trouble by Betty Birney (Faber & Faber) and Winnie-the-Pooh World Book Day Special Edition by A. A. Milne with illustrations by E H Shepard (Egmont)
  • Flip book containing The Great Pet Shop Panic by Katie Davies (Simon & Schuster) and Spy Dog’s Got Talent by Andrew Cope (Puffin)
  • Flip book containing Do Bugs Have Bottoms: and other important questions (and answers) from the Science Museum for World Book Day by Glenn Murphy (Macmillan Children’s Books) and Evilution: The Troof – A Jiggy McCue story by Michael Lawrence (Orchard)
  • Flip book containing Traction City by Philip Reeve (Scholastic Children’s Books) and A Tale of Terror: A World Book Day Story by Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury)
  • A bilingual book available only in Ireland for €1.50: Fiacla Mhamó/Danny's Smelly Toothbrush (O’Brien Press)




Short stories[edit]

Via the free The World Book Day App released for iPhone and iPad six exclusive short stories were published.[14]







  • The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot! by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter (Random House)
  • Elmer’s Parade by David McKee (Andersen Press)
  • A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)
  • Magic Animal Friends: Lucy Longwhiskers Finds a Friend by Daisy Meadows (Orchard)
  • Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen by Chris Riddell (Macmillan)
  • The Diary of Dennis the Menace: World Menace Day by Steven Butler (Puffin)
  • Best Mates by Michael Morpurgo MBE (HarperCollins), contains the six short stories: It’s a Dog’s Life, Snug, Didn’t We Have a Lovely Time?, Dolphin Boy, This Morning I Met a Whale
  • Dork Diaries: How to be a Dork! by Rachel Renée Russell (Simon & Schuster)
  • Geek Girl: Geek Drama by Holly Smale (HarperCollins)
  • Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)





  • Daisy and the Trouble With Jack by Kes Gray (PenguinRandomHouse)
  • The Great Mouse Plot by Roald Dahl (PenguinRandomHouse)



  • Spot the Difference by James Dawson (Hot Key)
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan)



  • Peppa Loves World Book Day
  • Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman