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‘Punks in the Willows’ launches on World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, a charity event that hopes to change lives through a love of books and shared reading.

The mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. And this year, Earth Island Books will be joining in, launching Alex CF’s beautiful and important new book, ‘Punks In The Willows’ today.


Punks in the Willows’ is a colourful guide to the punk rock community, told through the lives of animals. A collection of illustrations depicting the creativity, music, social justice and above all, friendship that is found in punk. Suitable to read with any age, and available to pre-order now!

We will also be offering any younger readers half price copies of Ryan Roberts ‘Nimrod’ or Roy Delaney’s ‘Worst. Eurovision. Ever’ from today until Sunday 26th March. Just get in touch, drop us an email about books for your younger (or adult) reader, as we’re told that “Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.” We want to support that and World Book Day.


Nimrod’ is a coming of age tale. A high school kid meets his first girlfriend and goes to his first gig, all to a soundtrack of Green Day music. It’s more involved than that, obviously, with school, friends and family issues along the way, but we can’t give away too much or you wouldn’t need to read it!


Worst. Eurovision. Ever’ is a comical novel all about the Eurovision Song Contest and the hilarious wranglings that go on behind the scenes. There’s a bunch of Moldovians tipped for greatness, a meddling Saudi Prince, and all sorts of nefarious rock n roll hijinks. Ideally timed for reading before the real event in Liverpool this May.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

World Book Day 2023 will be on 2 March 2023, children of all ages will come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure.

Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved.

That’s why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries.

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