Share a story on World Book Day 2021

Share a story on World Book Day 2021

The Books Council of Wales is encouraging people across Wales to share a story in celebration of World Book Day 2021 on Thursday 4 March.

Sharing a story could include reading at home with the family, sharing a story with your pet, reading in your favourite place, reading in an unusual location and more!

With only a week to go before the big day, the Books Council is also asking people to share their reading photos on social media during March, using the hashtags #ShareAStory #WorldBookDayWales. Prizes for the best pictures will be awarded at the end of the month.

The winners of a special competition organised jointly by the Books Council and Huw Aaron will also be announced on 4 March on BBC Radio Cymru’s Aled Hughes programme between 9 and 11 a.m.

The challenge for contestants was to identify as many characters as possible from Welsh children’s books and television programmes in a colourful poster designed by Huw Aaron for his book Ble mae Boc? Ar goll yn y chwedlau, published by Y Lolfa in November 2020.

Meet the Authors

World Book Day celebrations look very different this year with a number of author sessions happening in a virtual way. The past year has shown the need for flexibility and also the value of having quality material to promote reading in a digital format. To help inspire young people to pick up a book and read for pleasure, the first in a series of videos with some of Wales’ leading children’s authors will be released on the Books Council’s website and social media channels on 4 March, featuring short readings as well as activities.

The main aim of these resources is to support families and schools whilst they are distance learning but they will also be a valuable resource for classroom use once schools re-open for all ages.

The authors include Huw Aaron, Lund Aaron, Myrddin ap Dafydd, Huw Davies, Nicola Davies, Malachy Doyle, Valériane Leblond, Lucy Owen and Manon Steffan Ros. More videos featuring authors from Wales will be published over the coming months.

Books and writing from Wales will also be showcased on the cultural digital platfform AM on World Book Day.

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, said: “World Book Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate our love of books but the transformative power of reading is with us all year round. Although we may not be able to hold our usual events this year, the message is the same – that reading for pleasure does us all a world of good, in these difficult times perhaps more than ever. So celebrate with us by sharing a story on the 4th of March as a family, with friends from afar, or even your cat or dog!”

Angharad Sinclair, Project Manager in the Books Council’s Department of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion, added: “Reading can open the door on new worlds and experiences, and we are delighted to be able to offer a great range of £1 books once again this year ensuring that a choice of Welsh-language books is available alongside the English. Research shows that spending 10 minutes a day reading with a child makes a big difference to their future success and the aim of this special day is to ensure that all children have access to the world of books and the benefits they bring.”

£1 Book Token

World Book Day is now celebrated in 100 countries across the world and aims to promote reading for pleasure, offering all children and young people the opportunity to have their own book.

As part of the annual event, children in the UK and Ireland receive a £1 book token which they can either exchange for one of the £1 World Book Day books or use towards buying another book.

Ha Ha Cnec! Jôcs Twp a Twpach (Broga) by Huw Aaron is the brand new £1 Welsh-language book for World Book Day 2021 and is available now through bookshops across Wales.  

Three other Welsh-language books are available for £1 this year namely Stori Cymru – Iaith a Gwaith (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) by Myrddin ap Dafydd, Na, Nel!  (Y Lolfa) by Meleri Wyn James, and Darllen gyda Cyw (Y Lolfa) by Anni Llŷn.

The World Book Day £1 books are a gift from booksellers, who fully fund the cost of the £1 book token redemptions. The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB. 

World Book Day book tokens are valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021 but participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last. Please contact your local bookseller to check if they are able to offer £1 off other titles. Read the full terms and conditions here

While bookshop doors are temporarily closed, they are still open for business online and over the phone offering a click-and-collect or mail delivery service. Details of all independent bookshops in Wales can be found on the Books Council’s website.

Further information

  • The World Book Day campaign in Wales is coordinated by the Books Council of Wales and supported by the Welsh Government and Waterstones.
  • Every year, with a host of publishers and booksellers, World Book Day curates a list of bespoke £1 books for children and young people across the UK and Ireland.
  • World Book Day’s mission is to encourage children and young people to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Copyright permissions temporarily increased to support schools during lockdown 

Copyright permissions temporarily increased to support schools during lockdown 

Copyright permissions on re-using published material in schools and colleges have been temporarily increased during lockdown, following efforts by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), the Books Council of Wales and the publishing industry.

The CLA announced on 9 February 2021 that, following consultation with their members, there will be a temporary increase in the copying limit in the Education Licence from the current 5% to 20% until 31 March 2021.

And the Books Council of Wales has made special arrangements with some of the country’s main publishers to make it easier for teachers to use their material during the Covid-19 pandemic.

CLA Education Licence

The temporary changes to the terms of the Licence mean that teachers can copy up to 20% of a print book, owned by the school, including scanned book content held on the school VLE. 

The move, which applies to schools, sixth form and further education colleges in the UK, will give teachers and students more flexibility to access resources to support remote learning while schools are closed.

Education Platform users will also be able to copy up to 20% of a digital book available on the CLA’s Platform during this period.

Licensed schools should read the full conditions on the CLA website. The CLA has also published guidelines for teachers explaining their copying rights under the standard terms of the Education Licence.

All Local Education Authorities in Wales are currently registered with the CLA which means that the terms of the Licence are applicable to all their schools.

Publishers’ Permissions in Wales

The Books Council of Wales has also agreed special temporary permissions with a number of publishers in Wales for re-using published material in schools during the pandemic.

The aim is to make it easier for teachers to use content from books to support remote learning, including for example their ability to record and share book readings with pupils.

The terms and conditions of use vary from publisher to publisher, and full details of the temporary permissions agreed in Wales are available on the Books Council’s website.

Helen Jones, Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at the Books Council of Wales, said: “This is a challenging time for everyone, and schools in particular who continue to offer a quality education at a time when most pupils are learning from home. In today’s exceptional circumstances, we welcome the CLA’s announcement that copyright permissions are being increased to support educators through the latest lockdown. We are also very grateful to the publishers in Wales for their ready cooperation and support for children’s education, during what is also a difficult time for them as commercial enterprises.”

Launch of Wales’ first bilingual platform for e-books

Launch of Wales’ first bilingual platform for e-books

A brand-new digital platform to showcase e-books from Wales has been launched by the Books Council of Wales. will be the first-ever bilingual platform to focus on selling e-books from Wales to the wider world.

The not-for-profit site launches with more than 800 fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, as well as educational books for children in both Welsh and English.

More than 500 of the Welsh-language books on the website are available as e-books for the first time ever, and this figure will continue to increase.

Independent bookshops in Wales will benefit from every purchase, with a percentage of each sale going directly to help support these small businesses which are so important to our high street and our communities.

Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, Helgard Krause, said: “In launching ffolio, we are providing a not-for-profit digital platform with a unique offering – a platform hosted in Wales, where almost every single e-book stems from a Wales-based publisher. The service will help keep jobs in the publishing industry in Wales, as well as support independent bookshops which make such an important contribution to our communities and which will receive a commission on every sale.

“As a national charity dedicated to supporting publishing and promoting reading, we have a duty to ensure that readers of all ages and interests can choose books from Wales in a range of formats. ffolio affirms and widens that choice, and we are grateful to Welsh Government for funding this significant development.”

The development of ffolio is part of a two-year investment programme awarded in March 2020 by the Welsh Government through Creative Wales to enable the Books Council to upgrade its digital systems and introduce a new integrated IT system for the sale, supply and distribution of books.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “ffolio is an exciting new platform which will showcase the wealth of creative talent, make the work of Welsh authors more accessible and also benefit the publishing sector and our Welsh bookshops.  It’s very important that people have access to books in the format of their choice – especially in the current circumstances.”

The website includes a wide selection of e-books suitable for young children which will support their reading for pleasure and help develop literacy skills.

Thanks to the co-operation of publishers in Wales, more e-books will also be available to schools through the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and can be used to support lessons.

For further information or queries, please email the Books Council at

Local bookshops arrangements – UPDATE – January 2021

Local bookshops arrangements – UPDATE – January 2021

Independent booksellers across Wales continue to take orders online, over the phone or click-and-collect.

If you just want to curl up with a good book, our booksellers have got a fabulous selection of titles to choose from. They also offer a unique personal service and great advice on what to buy.

We’ve listed below the contact details for independent bookshops across Wales or you can click on our interactive map to find your local bookshop:

If you’re a bookseller in Wales and would like to add or update your details, please e-mail: Awen Meirion, Y Bala – / @AwenMeirion / / / 01678 520658 Awen Menai, Menai Bridge – / /  / 01248 715532 Awen Teifi, Cardigan  – /  /  / / 01239 621370 Book-ish, Crickhowell  –  /  @Bookishcrick / 01873 811 256 / Booka Books, Oswestry – Click and Collect / Postal service available / Browsers Bookshop, Porthmadog  –  / 01766 512066 / 07919 410678 /  / Facebook: Browsersbookshop / Instagram @browsersbookshopporthmadog Burway Books, Church Stretton  –  Click and Collect / Home Delivery / Postal Service available /  / Twitter – @BurwayBooks / Instagram – burwaybooks / 01694 723388 Bys a Bawd, Llanrwst  – / / 01492 641329 / Facebook: Siop Bys a Bawd Llanrwst Click and Collect service available and customers can email, phone or put an order in through the door. Caban, Cardiff   – / 02920 342223 Cant a Mil, Cardiff  –  /  @siopcantamil on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook /  / 02920 212474  Orders taken online as they are posted out daily.  You can also click-and-collect. Please see website – open 24/7 for ordering. Castle Bookshop, Ludlow – Click and Collect / Postal service available / / 01584 872562 Chepstow Books, Chepstow  – / 01291 625011 / Facebook: Chepstow Books & Gifts / Twitter @chepstowbooks / Click and collect available Monday-Saturday between 10.00am-2.00pm / Postal service available. Cofion Cynnes, Ystradgynlais  –  / 01639 849581 College Street Books, Rhydaman  –  07434 975578 / Courtyard Books, Llangollen –  / 07966 250275  / Facebook: courtyardbooksllangollen Cover to Cover, Mumbles  –  /   /  / 01792 366363 Cowbridge Books, Cowbridge  –  /  01446 775105 Croeso Cynnes (T-Hwnt), Carmarthen – / 01267 231133 / 07976 234176 /  / Instagram @CofionCynnes Cwpwrdd Cornel, Llangefni  – / 01248 750218 / 07391 814235 Cwtsh, Pontyberem  – / / 01269 871300 Cyfoes, Rhydaman  –  / / 01269 595777 Eaves and Lord Bookshop, Montgomery – 01686 668918 / Elfair, Rhuthun  – 07976 981490 / 01824 702575 / 01824 707214 /  / Facebook: Siop Elfair / Instagram @siopelfair  Click and collect available on Friday and Saturday between 11.00-2.30pm.  Contact us on Facebook, Instagram, email or by telephone. Ffab, Llandysul  –  /  / 01559 362060 Great Oak Bookshop, Llanidloes  –  /  / 01686 412959 or via website Contact Form or Facebook message  Click and Collect available until 4.00pm on 24 December 2020.  Re-open on Monday, 4 January 2021.

Griffin Books, Penarth – / / 02020 706455 / Facebook: Griffin Books / Instagram @griffinbooksUK / Twitter @griffinbooksUK Click and collect available for prepaid orders from 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Saturday and also postal orders fulfilled as normal. You can order in advance via their online shop, email or phone – they cannot make new sales at the door.

Giggles, Barry  –  / / 01446 734866 Gwisgo, Aberaeron  –  /  / / 01545 238282 Hintons, Conwy  –  @hintons.conwy / 01492 582212  / Igam Ogam, Llandeilo  –  / 01558 822698  /  / Inc, Aberystwyth  –  /  / 01970 626200 / 07834957158 / Llên Llŷn, Pwllheli  –  01758 612907 /  / Facebook: Llên Llŷn Llyfrau a Recordiau Llyfrau’r Enfys, Merthyr Tydfil  – / 01685 722176  / Facebook @llyfraurenfys Na Nog, Caernarfon  –   / Instagram – siop_nanog / Twitter – @SiopNanog 01286 676946 /  We can offer the Click and Collect service, order from our website or over the phone until Thursday, 24 December 2020. Narberth Museum Bookshop, Narberth  –  / 01834 861719 No 1 High St, Newtown  –  / 07866259710 Palas Print, Caernarfon  – / @PalasPrint / / 01286 674631 Click and Collect service available. Working behind closed doors – Monday-Wednesday 9:00-5.00 and 9:00-4.00 on Thursday, 24 December 2020. Paned o Gê, Cardiff – / / Pen’rallt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth  –  /  / 01654 700559 Pethe Powys, Welshpool  –  Facebook – Pethe Powys / 01938 554540 /  SHOP CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Poetry Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye – / 01497 821812 The Rossiter Books Team,  / / / 01989 564464  / Facebook: Rossiter Books / Twitter: Rossiterbooks / Instagram @Rossiter_books Seaways, Fishguard  –  / 01348 873433 / Siop Clwyd, Denbigh  –  / / 01745 813431  Click and Collect service available until 24 December 2020. Siop Cwlwm, Oswestry  –  Click and Collect on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00am-2.00pm / Home Delivery / Postal service available  / 07814 033759 / Siop Dewi, Penrhyndeudraeth – / 01766 770266 Siop Eifionydd, Porthmadog – / 01766 514045  / 07496 134845 Siop Lyfrau Lewis, Llandudno  –  /  / @sioplewis /  / 01492 877770 Siop Lyfrau’r Hen Bost, Blaenau Ffestiniog  – / 01766 831802 Siop Ogwen, Bethesda  – @siopogwen /  / / 01248 208485 Siop y Pentan, Carmarthen – / 01267 253044  / 07951 610278 /  / Instagram: Siopypentan Siop y Pethe, Aberystwyth  –  /  / 01970 617120 Siop Tŷ Tawe, Swansea  –  SHOP CLOSED UNTIL 8-11-20 / / 01792456856 Siop Sian, Crymych  –  / / 01239 831230 Siop y Siswrn, Mold  – 01352 753200 /  / Facebook – Siop Y Siswrn /  Phone and Collect service available until 4.00pm on Wednesday, 23 December 2020.  Shop will re-open on 4 January 2021. Siop Siwan, Wrexham  –  / Email  / 07375 653387  Closed until the end of January 2021. Please contact to order and deliver items. Siop y Smotyn Du, Lampeter – Tel 01570 422587 Tenby Bookshop, Tenby –  / 01834 843514 / The Bookshop, Mold – / Shop open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9.00-5.00pm The Hours, Brecon –  / / 01874 622800 Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, Pontardawe –  SHOP CAN ACCEPT ORDERS BUT CUSTOMERS NOT ABLE TO COLLECT UNTIL AFTER THE LOCKDOWN   / 07990 153730 / 01639 763818 / Verzon Bookshop Gallery, Llandrindod Wells –  / / 01597 825171   Click and Collect service available between 10.00-3.00 until 24 December.  Reopening January 2021. Victoria Bookshop, Haverfordwest  –  / 01437 762750 (mornings only) / Y Felin, Cardiff  –  / 02920 692999 /  /  Facebook: Siopyfelin / Twitter @siopyfelin / Instagram @y_felin Ystwyth Books, Aberystwyth  – 01970 639479 / 07590 764115 /

Local bookshops arrangements – UPDATE – January 2021

Books Council offices and Distribution Centre

Our offices and Distribution Centre will close its doors on Wednesday afternoon, 23 December and will re-open on Monday, 4 January 2021.

We would like to wish you a peaceful and safe Christmas and thank you for your support under challenging circumstances this year.

Onwards we go to 2021!

Local bookshops arrangements – UPDATE – January 2021

Children’s Story Writing Contest

The Books Council of Wales is delighted to support a story writing competition for Welsh primary school pupils organised by BBC Radio Cymru.

As part of World Book Day 2021 events, the station’s morning presenter Aled Hughes is calling on children to write a Welsh-language story of up to 500 words on the theme of “Y Llwybr Hud” (‘The Magic Path”).

There are three categories for different ages, namely:

    • Foundation Phase, 5-7 years
    • Key stage 2a, 7-9 years
    • Key stage 2b, ages 9-11

Aled Hughes will announce the names of the winning entries on his programme in the week leading up to World Book Day on 4 March 2021, with the winners each receiving a bundle of books from the Books Council.

Helen Jones, Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at the Books Council, said: “World Book Day is a landmark event in our annual calendar and we are delighted to support this competition being organised by BBC Radio Cymru. They say everyone of us has a story buried inside them so this is a great opportunity to develop writing talent among the young.”

Author Llio Maddocks will be judging the entries and choosing the three best stories.

To enter, schools need to send their pupils’ stories to BBC Radio Cymru by the deadline of 25 January 2021 along with a completed copy of the entry form available on the Radio Cymru website.

The address for sending the stories is:

Sgwennu Stori Aled Hughes
BBC Radio Cymru
Bryn Meirion
LL57 2BY

The pupil’s pseudonym, age category and school name must be clearly marked at the top of each story, and the school will need to keep a list of the names that match the pseudonyms.

Further details including terms and conditions can be found on the BBC Radio Cymru website or you can contact the Aled Hughes programme

Pob lwc / Good luck!