Celebrate International Literacy Day by bagging a bargain for your bookshelf

TODAY is International Literacy Day, championing the value of reading and writing.

Book sales rose seven per cent here during lockdown.

But boosting your bookshelf does not need to put you over budget. I’ve got ideas on how to top yours up for less.

HELP WITH HOMEWORK: Mums and dads can download handy packs of reading and writing activities at twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents. You can also get advice on how to help with homework, along with colouring fun, wellbeing support and more.

The resources available are grouped by age, so there will be something for everyone. All are free to download if you register with an account.

WORKS IT OUT: To celebrate its 40th birthday, The Works is having a huge sale with 40 per cent off 40 items.

The sale includes Me: Elton John, the official autobiography for £4.20, down from £7. And kids will love the set of six David Walliams books, usually £20, now £12. You could stash these away as early Christmas gifts, too.

SUMMER SALES: As we head into winter, make the most of the post-summer reading sales.

WHSmith has 30 per cent off summer books including titles such as chart- topping The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman for just £4.49, RRP £8.99. That’s a saving of £4.50.

Make bedtime reading interactive by picking up the Lift-The-Flap Questions And Answers about Dinosaurs book, RRP £9.99 but currently £5.49, which is a saving of £4.50.

GIVE AND GET: Now is the time to head to the charity shop as the start of the new term means many parents have donated previous years’ literacy workbooks. You can pick up books for 50p.

One top tip is to tell staff if you are looking for anything specific and they can hold on to it for you if those books come in.

Worldofbooks.com also has plenty of secondhand but recently released books, starting at around £1.99.

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

GET up to 60 per cent off in the Dreams sale, reducing the Campbell double mattress from £739 to £299.

SAVE: £440

Cheap treat

FILL kids’ lunch boxes with Robinsons Fruit Shoots Low Sugar, now on offer for £1, down from £1.90 at Co-op.

SAVE: 90p

What’s new?

WELL done to Home Bargains, which has announced all its stores will be closed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day as the retailer looks to thank staff for their hard work over the past year. The company has also confirmed stores will close earlier on Christmas Eve, at 5pm.

Top swap


KFC’s new Popcorn Chicken Zinger bucket is £5.99. But you could add a box of new Birds Eye Texas Style BBQ Popcorn Chicken, £3, to your basket in Tesco.

SAVE: £2.99

Giselle’s little helper

TO celebrate International Literacy Day, Deliveroo has launched The Very Hungry Caterpillar meal box, which includes a copy of the book to get kids reading. It’s stacked with food inspired by the story, and is available today only for £2.79 from the Deliveroo Editions locations in Manchester, Leeds and London. Profits from sales go to Action For Children.

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