Welsh-language World Book Day book to be published
The Welsh Books Council has confirmed that a special book to celebrate World Book Day is to be published for the first time ever in Welsh – and for the special price of £1
Angharad Sinclair, Reading Promotions Project Manager for the Welsh Books Council, said, “It’s such a pleasure to include a Welsh-language book for the first time for World Book Day. I’m sure children across Wales will enjoy reading about Nel’s next adventure! The Na Nel! series is extremely popular and proves that original series can hold their own and sell really well.”
Na, Nel!: Un Tro… by Meleri Wyn James, illustrated by John Lund, will be published by Y Lolfa in time for World Book Day celebrations on 1 March 2018.
Garmon Gruffudd, Managing Director of Y Lolfa, said, “We’re delighted to be part of this pioneering scheme. Nel is well established as one of Wales’s most popular characters and we hope that this will be a further boost to the series.”
This book will be part of the official World Book Day activities in Wales, which is supported by the Welsh Government and Waterstones. This will be the first time that a Welsh-language book has been included in the range of special £1 books that are published annually as part of the UK-wide campaign.
The book will follow the adventures of Nel, the mischievous girl who appears in the popular Na, Nel! series. It will capture the fun and playfulness of the stories and encourage children to go on to read the other books in the series. In the new book, Nel will cast herself in the middle of the story once again and show how mischief follows her, wherever she goes.
According to the book’s author, Meleri Wyn James, “I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a child, and now I love reading with my own children and sharing the Na, Nel! stories with young readers all over Wales. It’s an honour that Nel’s original adventures have been chosen as the first Welsh-language book to be part of World Book Day this year. I hope that children will seize the opportunity to buy Nel’s latest adventure for a £1, and that it will encourage them to read more of Nel’s stories and to dip into the wealth of Welsh books which are available to children today.”
Bookshops and libraries in Wales can order packs of the books by contacting the Welsh Books Council Distribution Centre on 01970 624455 / firstname.lastname@example.org