* World Book Day is next Thursday (March 1). Schools are encouraged to organise events that celebrate reading (book fairs, author visits, displays and assemblies on favourite books). There are lots of ideas in the World Book Day pack, which has been sent to schools.
Extra copies of the pack cost pound;5 (cheques to World Book Day Limited) from World Book Day Schools' Pack, Education Direct, Unit 11, Lakeside, Neptune Close, Rochester, Kent ME2 4LT. For details of local events, see www.world bookday.com and check with bookshops and libraries.
* Book Aid International, which supplies 750,000 books a year to under-resourced schools and libraries worldwide, is being supported by fund-raising and book collection on the day. Telephone 020 7733 3577 for an information pack or see www.bookaid.org * Pupils can redeem their pound;1 World Book Day book tokens (sent to shools with the packs) at participating bookshops until March 10. Minimum purchase is pound;1.95 except for the four pound;1 paperbacks published for World Book Day. Tokens helpline: tel: 01634 729810; fax: 01634 290175; email: email@example.com. In Wales, fax: 01970 625385; email: delyth.humphreys@ wbc.org.uk * World Book Day falls in Bedtime Reading Week, February 26 to March 4, which is intended to boost the art of reading aloud. Free factsheet on 0845 6503150. See www.bedtimereading.co.uk for animated bedtime stories and book lists. The organisers - the Arts Council of England, the BBC, Forward Literature Trust, Book Trust and the National Reading Campaign - want participants of all ages to read aloud for 15 minutes a night. Some branches of Tesco are setting up reading areas and hosting events; see www.tesco.com See children's book reviews, pages 19-21