Kirsten Grant is stepping down as director of World Book Day after almost a decade in the position, the Bookseller reported. She will remain at World Book Day until April. Details on her successor are yet to be announced.
"I have decided, after nine wonderful years working on World Book Day, that it is time to take on exciting new challenges," Grant said. "I'm so proud of the progress we have made reimagining the campaign and extending the charity's reach and message to children and families across the country. I am leaving World Book Day in good hands and great shape and wish CEO Cassie Chadderton and the wider industry all the very best for the next chapter. I have relished my time working on World Book Day, and I am excited about exploring new opportunities."
Chadderton commented: "Kirsten has played a fundamental role in making World Book Day one of the country's most loved celebrations, after successive campaigns including the inspirational Share a Story. World Book Day will continue to build on this, finding new ways to introduce the benefits of reading for pleasure and the magic of books to even more children and families."
Publishers Association CEO and World Book Day chair Stephen Lotinga added: "In her time with World Book Day Kirsten has brought an inventiveness that took the World Book Day campaign to new heights and brought more children and young people to our celebration of books and the power of reading."