World Book Day – Ideas and Activities

When is World Book Day?

This March, the annual World Book Day will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

It’s a day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and of course, the pleasure of reading! The event is so popular, that UNESCO has designated World Book Day as a worldwide celebration which is marked in over 100 different countries. On the day, children of all ages will get together to participate in events where they can talk about their favourite books, hear from others about the stories they enjoy, and appreciate the joy that reading can bring.

Why is World Book Day Celebrated?

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to learn about books and reading, and also offer them the chance to own their own book. The event is being sponsored by National Book Tokens, who together with publishers and booksellers, will be supplying millions of book vouchers to schools. They can be redeemed by children who can either get £1 off a book of their choice (over £2.99), or alternatively, they can use it to pick one of ten exclusive free books being offered at participating retailers.

Celebrate British Authors on World Book Day

2016 is a special year for British authors. In January, a new Beatrix Potter story, ‘The Tale of Kitty in Boots’, was discovered in the Victoria & Albert Museum Archive, 100 years after she sent it to her publisher. It’s due to be released in September 2016 and will be illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake, who is best known for his work with Roald Dahl. September 2016 also marks what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and fans of his will no doubt be looking forward to the film release of the BFG due out in the summer.

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Ways to Celebrate World Book Day

There’s numerous ways to get involved with World Book Day, and to keep children engaged and interested, events with an element of fun tend to be the most popular. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • Ask children to dress up as a well-known literary character and if you’re a teacher, why not join in too! You could base the costumes on a theme such as ‘Roald Dahl characters’. For older children, try a game of Roald Dahl Brainbox to really test their knowledge.
  • Design a wall display with your class that shows all the books you’ve been reading together.
  • Ask older children to read their favourite stories to younger children and describe why they enjoyed it so much.
  • Organise a book exchange between pupils so they can introduce each other to new stories.

These are just a few of the ways you can join in on World Book Day and if you have any others, feel free to share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

At Early Years Resources, we have a great selection of books suitable for pre-school, KS1 and KS2 children: take a look below at our range online.

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