World Book Day 2006
We're very excited to be launching the first ever Welsh Quick Reads titles next month in preparation for World Book Day 2006 on 2 March. Quick Reads are a series of specially produced books targeting adult readers, and will cost £2.99 each. The books are short, fast-paced and commissioned from best selling authors. The vocabulary and content ensure they are accessible to the least able readers yet make pleasurable reading for readers of any ability. We'll be distributing £1-off book tokens in Wales to enable adult readers to choose from the 12 titles available in English and two in Welsh. A second batch of Quick Reads will be released in May.
The Agency has also made additional funds available to Local Authorities, and via them to schools, in the form of grants to promote and encourage activities related to World Book Day. These grants have also been made available to a range of other organisations, including colleges, private and public sector companies, trade unions, library services and voluntary and community organisations. These grants will be used to encourage the reading habit in children, young people and adults who struggle with reading.