World Book Day – A Celebration of Books

I love reading!  You are never alone when you get lost in a book and I love a feel good story or a thrilling crime novel!

I’ve always loved books ever since joining the library as a very young child. Of course it probably helped that my mum used to read us a bedtime story at night, which became one of my favourite times of the day.

I have some very happy memories of when I first started teaching and we had actual time to read a story at the end of every day. There’s nothing quite like the wonderment on a child’s face as you read a familiar story that they know and love, especially if they can join in with it in places.

Of course with increasing demands on the curriculum, it’s not so easy for teachers to find the time these days. I remember I used to read a chapter while the children were getting dressed after a P.E. lesson which helped to calm them down as well as inspiring them to go out and buy the book!

I read to my own children when they were young and now grandchildren have come along, I love reading to them too. They each have their favourites and I must admit I do too.

But at the end of the day this is 2016 and life is pretty hectic for many of us today which is why initiatives like World Book day are so important in helping to raise the profile of books and an enjoyment in reading.

This year World Book day is celebrated on Thursday 3rd March.

So what is it all about?

Well, thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, millions of book vouchers are sent out to children and young people under the age of 18.

These can be exchanged for a specific book or alternatively children can choose any book costing over £2.99 and get a £1 off the cost. And there’s something for all ages from toddlers to teens!

How can schools get involved?

To help schools get involved there are already lots of fun activities, ideas and resources on  which will help schools prepare for a fun, successful day.

These include:

  • Storycraft – an interactive storywriting wizard helps children step through the writing process so they can craft their own stories
  • The Big Little Rhyme Along – these resources encourage young children to enjoy simple rhymes and songs
  • The Big Little Book Corner- showcases four lovely video books and activity packs to introduce toddlers to a love of stories
  • Bumper Book Quiz- is a fun readymade live quiz for all ages and settings
  • Teen Fest – online book party especially for teens! Held 2nd and 3rd March from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Book swaps where children bring in a book and return home with something different
  • Organising a book fair (
  • Planning a visit to the local library
  • Inviting an author, illustrator or storyteller into school to talk to children
  • Organising a book day assembly and invite children, teachers or parents to show or read an extract from their favourite childhood book and say why they like it
  • Dress up as a favourite book character and hold a character parade

How can parents help?

  • Take your child to the local bookshop and use the token to choose a book together
  • Join the local library and borrow some great books you can read with your child
  • Encourage your child to practise their reading book, follow the words with your finger, help them to sound out tricky words
  • If you are short of time ask grandparents or older siblings to help
  • Check out and choose a mouse tale to read together

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