We’re so excited for World Book Day, taking place this year on Thursday 7 March. This year’s celebrations promise to be bigger and better than ever, with loads of great books on the £1 book list and lots of brilliant free resources on the World Book Day website, for early years, primary and secondary schools.
We’ll be celebrating the day across all the different strands of our work. This year, World Book Day’s Share A Story Live events will be taking place in four local areas where we work. Two of our Hubs, Swindon and Bradford, will be hosting events, as well as Manchester in partnership with our Read Manchester campaign, and in Dundee where we work with the local library service.
Through our sport and literacy work, we’ll be giving out 10,000 books to children at football matches across the country. We’ve teamed up with the Premier League and WHSmith to make it happen, with over 30 football clubs giving out books to young fans and celebrating the day.
Our corporate partners are also getting involved, with volunteers from AXIS visiting five local primary schools on World Book Day to run Matilda-themed events. Penguin Random House will also be sending volunteers to schools who have taken part in the Puffin World of Stories programme as part of the day’s celebrations - and British Land, who are a funder for our Young Readers Programme, will be hosting a storyteller at their Paddington book pavilion for groups of children to visit.
Celebrating parent power on World Book Day
To help you celebrate World Book Day and support your school in making ‘every day a book day’, we have made some of our premium resources, themed around parental engagement, free to download for a limited time – grab them while you can!
- Explore creative Ideas for engaging parents through books
- Celebrate the joy and power of book ownership with our ready-to-go parent assembly
- Use creative ideas to engage parents through storytelling
- Be part of the national campaign to Read On. Get On with our host of posters and resources to get pupils reading at home
- Use our family reading survey to encourage collaboration and whole school development of reading with parents at the heart.
- Make a book together with our guide to sharing and celebrating family stories.
Find out how embedding a love of reading in your classroom supports attainment and explore how to create a vibrant reading culture in your school through our Reading for Pleasure training.