UK Book lovers achieve New Guinness World Records Title for World Book Day 2016

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UK Book lovers achieve New Guinness World Records Title for World Book Day 2016 - 03 March 2016

World Book Day has today (Thursday 3rd March) announced that its first ever world record attempt, for the  Most people participating in simultaneous books quizzes, was successful thanks to the 6,388 children and adults who took part across the UK and Ireland.

Guinness World Records has authenticated the evidence submitted by over 62 schools, libraries, bookshops and publishing houses across the country to award World Book Day an official Guinness World Records title.

World Book Day's Bumper Book Quiz was held between 2pm and 3pm on Monday 22nd  February so that the evidence could be assessed by Guinness World Records and announced on World Book Day itself (Thursday 3rd  March).

The three variations of the quiz, tailored to Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, meant that readers of all ages could join in to show off their love of books and celebrate the wonderful world of children's literature. Each level of the quiz included guest video appearances from authors including Charlie Higson, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Julian Clary.

Now in its 19th  year, World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of reading for children and is marked in over 100 countries across the world. In the UK, the official World Book Day  £1 books have become guaranteed bestsellers with close to 900,000 copies sold in the UK and Ireland in 2015, a 7.5% increase on the number sold in 2014.

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."

Sarah Watts, a teacher at Morriston Primary School in Swansea said: "It's always wonderful to watch as World Book Day gets children excited about reading for pleasure, but this year pupils were particularly thrilled by the chance to make history with other book lovers all across the UK. It's something I'm sure they won't forget in a hurry."

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."

The Bumper Book Quiz is still available for download from the  World Book Day website and can still be used as a fun activity on World Book Day.

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