To help you make the most of World Book Day in your school, we’ve come up with a few different ideas that the children (& you!) might enjoy trying:
Have a “real” World Book Day
- Challenge the children to find & read books by authors from other countries (not the UK). Eg; Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The World in a Book
- A Library quest to start or end on World Book Day (you could post the challenge on the entrance to your Library)
- Create a display of books that represent cultures from around the world such as : recipes/countries/religion/celebrations/transport/fashion
- The display will grow as children locate books. If time is short create the display yourself in advance of WBD
A World of Books
- Using bookcovers and books set up displays that take children beyond their usual choices.
- Extend into an assembly with pair/small groups of children representing each book – you could use your Library monitors/Reading champions
- For each of the world book day titles, find 4 other books that children would also like – they could be by the same author or within the same genre
- Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story : stories of inspirational women or other information books about cooking
- My Book About Me : books about the body and senses, feelings, families
- The Bolds (Julian Clary & David Roberts) : Mr Gum, The Grunts, Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth, The Accidental Billionaire, Who Let the Gods Out?
- Why not launch a reading challenge where the children are given miles for the number of books/chapters read?
- They could get extra miles for reading books from different countries .
- Give out passports which are stamped when they visit different countries. How far will your miles take you?
A Book World of Colour
- Choose a book about a character who wears your favourite colour,
- Or you could tie in with school uniform colours or school ‘houses’.
- Every class could have a colour and they have to read books about characters that wear that colour….
- Prizes for the most inventive choices
- Violet Baudelaire: An Unfortunate Series of Events by Lemony Snicket
- Things 1 and 2 : The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
- Lyra Belacqua: Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
- The Boy in the Dress: The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
- Charlie, Lola or Lotta: Charlie & Lola by Lauren Child
- Fantastic Mrs Fox: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
- Man in the Yellow Hat: Curious George by H A Rey
- Coraline (in the film): Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: Peter Pan by JM Barrie
- Babar: Babar the Elephant by Laurent & Jean de Brunhoff
- The Little Prince: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Mr Bump: Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves
- Dorothy: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum
- Peter Rabbit: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- Madeline: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans