The 19th World Book Day took place on Thursday 3 March and is an annual celebration of reading for kids and adults around across the globe.
Guinness World Records was thrilled to announce that there are an incredible 6,388 new young record holders across the UK and Ireland following a successful record attempt for the Most people participating in simultaneous literature quizzes (multiple venues) to mark the occasion.
Over 62 different schools, libraries, bookshops and publishing houses joined in the ‘Bumper Book Quiz’ challenge, easily beating the minimum of 2,679 people World Book Day needed in order to secure the title.
Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of the Guinness World Records book, said: “Nothing makes us happier than children and book worms of all ages being united through two common goals: a love of reading, and the will to become Guinness World Records title holders. Huge congratulations to World Book Day and everybody that took part in the Bumper Book Quiz – this is a fantastic achievement and may well be worthy of a place in our very own bumper book this year.”
Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day, said: “I was so impressed to see how many organisations joined together to help us to break our record. Everyone loves a quiz, so it was great to see adults and children working in teams, sharing their knowledge – and, most importantly, having fun with books. And it wasn’t just the kids who surprised us! The adults who took part were just as competitive, proving that World Book Day is a celebration to be enjoyed by all.”
There were three versions of the quiz available, tailored to Key Stages 1, 2, 3, so that readers of all ages could take part.
There were also exciting video guest appearances from favourite children’s authors including Charlie Higson, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Julian Clary.