The broadcasts, which are run by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group, will feature a live bedtime story reading from award winning poet and author Joseph Coelho at 7pm for World Book Night Reading hour.
Run by The Reading Agency, World Book Night sees people coming together to celebrate the difference reading makes to people’s lives. The National Shelf Service’s special day of programming will feature ten broadcasts, one every hour, starting at 11am, with eBook recommendations for children and young people from professional librarians.
The celebrations will be supported online by the Youth Libraries Group Twitter account, who will be answering questions and giving reading recommendations all day under the #DrBook hashtag.
Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards and children’s librarian, said: “We are delighted to have Joseph Coelho on board for the World Book Night celebrations, he has been an incredible supporter of libraries for a number of years now, both through his library joining marathon last year and his commitment to young people and literacy. World Book Night is an amazing national celebration of books and reading and we are very proud to able to mark it in this way.”
Alison Brumwell, Chair of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group, added: “We know that this is a difficult time for many families and the Youth Libraries Group is pleased to be able to offer support and guidance for anyone looking to discover great reads. The #DrBook service is here to help connect readers with a world of diverse reading experiences.”