I am really looking forward to World Book Day this year! Usually I am filled with dread as the annual letter from school comes around about theming fancy dress around your child’s favourite book, but this year in lockdown it’s something different to do to the normal day of home learning!!!
Apart from stressing over the fancy dress for weeks, the main purpose of World Book Day is to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own. It is actually celebrated across the world on the 23rd April which is the designated day by UNESCO but in the UK, the day is recognised on the first Thursday in March, and in 2021 this is 4th March!
Over 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be given to children and young people across the UK and Ireland on World Book Day! All you have to do is take your voucher to your local bookshop and swap it for one of the TWELVE exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day books. If you have another favourite in mind, you can use your token to get £1 off any full price book instead.
Download your book token
As a lot of children aren’t at school due to lockdown, we have the download option of the token available here:
World Book Day have some live events happening on their website and YouTube channel at 10:30am between 3rd and 5th March
Wednesday 3rd March, 10.30am – Books that Make you LOL! Starring: Humza Arshad, Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton (Football School), Jonny Duddle and Zanib Mian Hosted by Kenny Baraka, motivational speaker
Thursday 4th March, 10.30am – World Book Day special – Bringing Reading to Life Starring: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks and special guest Rob Biddulph Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter
Friday 5th March, 10.30am – Books and the Real World Starring: Sita Brahmachari, Jess French and Katherine Rundell Hosted by Jessie Cave, actor and podcaster
Join Wakefield Libraries for a special World Book Day Storytime. They will have a story, a very special poetry performance and some book recommendations from their story tellers. Join on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/WakefieldLibraries at 11am or catch the replay any time after.
Lingotot Wakefield – a free afternoon of online lessons linked to popular children’s books from around the World. From 1:30pm KS1 & KS2 Italian, Spanish & French. Sign up here
Brilliant book lists
World Book Day have some great stories you can discover divided by age group (see below) and also themes such as animals, poetry, tales of adventure or books that make you laugh out loud which are divided into beginner, early, fluent & independent readers(click here)
So, now down to the fancy dress costumes!! Book Aid International have provided a whole host of dress up guides from the quick to make, to the more elaborate! The best thing is that many of them have ‘how to videos’!! To see the 43 different costumes click here and feel free to leave them a donation!