Today is World Book Day, an international celebration of books and reading which is held in over 100 countries. In Britain, World Book Day aims to promote reading to children and to provide them with an opportunity to own their own books. In schools all over the country today special £1 book tokens will be distributed which children can exchange for one of the eight books specially written for the event by well-known writers and celebrities, including Tony Robinson.

In the Ormskirk and Woodlands libraries there are collections of children’s books primarily for trainee teachers; however the good news is that anyone can borrow these resources. The collection offers reading for all ages, from pre-school through to GCSE level, including:

  • fiction books
  • non-fiction books
  • story sacks
  • big books

We also have a regularly changing display, which is about poetry books for children at the moment. The new books in the collection include the winner of the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, as well as the other books that were shortlisted for this prestigious award.

At Ormskirk these resources are shelved on the ground floor of the University Library, in the social learning area. If you want to know more about World Book Day, go to