A world of books

World Book Day’s ambition is to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own with the help of National Book Tokens and our wonderful bookshops.

The event promotes a range of initiatives that will help to get even more books directly into the hands of children and young people, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them, by giving out millions of £1 book tokens. 

This year there is a list of 13 new £1 titles, created to appeal to the widest possible range of children and young people, of all tastes and abilities and the aim is to get as many children into bookshops as possible.

The youngsters can use their £1 token, which in the main are being given out at schools, to either buy one of the special books or use it to get £1 off a book of their choice.

Here in Derbyshire we have some of the best independent bookshops in the country such as Scarthin Books at Cromford, Reading Matters at Chapel-en-le-Frith, the High Peak Bookstore at Brierlow Bar near Buxton and Bakewell Bookshop – and three of these even have cafes as well.

Scarthin has a mixture of new and second hand books and has been billed as Britain’s Most Enjoyable Bookshop. You will never be disappointed if you visit;  just stepping inside is an experience in itself. Scarthin’s children’s book section is a particular strength with some 9,000 titles in the separate children’s room. 

Reading Matters at Chapel, describes itself as ‘a little bookshop with heart’, and is a relative newcomer on the scene having only opened in 2012.  

It also has a separate room for children’s books with fiction and factual books as well as learning guides, children’s classics and first books for children. It also offers puzzles and jigsaws, colouring pencils, sticker books, paints and toys.

At the High Peak Bookstore you will have a totally different experience – although equally as enjoyable. Here 95 per cent of the books are half price, and again there is a dedicated children’s room. 

High Peak has a large free car park, and the added interest of bird feeders and food as well as a huge range of greetings cards.

As well as these small independent bookshops Derbyshire is also lucky to have two Waterstones stores one in Derby and another in Chesterfield.

Although World Book Day won’t be celebrated in the same way at secondhand bookshops, we couldn’t do this feature without mentioning  some of the wonderful shops we have in the county. 

Scrivener’s is legendary in Buxton and beyond, and one of the quirkiest places you will visit. We challenge you not to find something you want to take home with you. 

Two other secondhand bookshops worth a browse can be found in The Market Place at Wirksworth and at Guildhall, Bank Square, Tideswell. Peak Volumes, which used to be further up the street, moved into the lovely building under the management of Juliet Waugh last August.
Go to worldbookday.com for more information.