Look out for a poster from Book Aid International sent to every school in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to mark World Book Day on March 14. It's full of information on the vital role of books in the developing world, and ideas for helping bridge the gap between huge demand and short supply. Nearer home, the day is marked by thousands of reading-related events. Children's authors such as Anne Fine and Terry Jones are riding on the London Eye telling stories, while Old Trafford is hosting an event bringing words and sport together. Book Aid International: 020 7733 3577; website: www.bookaid.org. World Book Day helpline (including information on free pound;1 book tokens for children): 01634 729810; website: www.worldbookday. com. World Book Day falls in Bedtime Reading Week. The website, www.bedtimereadingweek.co.uk, features booklists for children graded by ability, ideas for events and a free poster to order. The charity Reading is Fundamental also offers a free A2 poster to promote reading, featuring its "ambassador", basketball star John Amaechi. Website: www.rif.org.uk
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