World Book Day

World Book Day, on March 4th, is an annual event in the calendar for many schools, not just in Britain but across the world. It is a great opportunity to focus on books and on reading, ensuing this important element of the curriculum is valued and celebrated. The World Book Day website reports that:

“Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.”

This year, perhaps more than ever, we want our pupils engaging in reading for pleasure and developing a love of books, recognising that it can be a life-changing experience.

A popular way of marking the special day is for pupils and staff to dress up as a character from a book. This year, with many of our pupils learning remotely, it will be somewhat different. However, it can still be celebrated in style. We have compiled a few ideas for celebrating world book day at home and a fantastic Emoji Quiz to test your pupils’ knowledge of famous book titles. We hope you, and your pupils, have fun.

Ideas for celebrating World Book Day at home

  • Create a setting from a book in your house or garden – life size or a model. Take a photo and share it with friends/classmates – can they guess which book it is from?
  • Find or make some key objects from a book – can anyone guess which book it is?
  • Imagine you are going to audition for a film version of your favourite book. Which part would you play? Choose a scene and act it out for those in your house or who you connect with remotely.
  • Act out the title of a book for others to guess.
  • Act out a character from a book for others to guess. You might need to give some clues for this one!
  • Dress up as a character from a book and pretend to be that character all day.
  • Find your favourite word in a book and keep a record of how many times you can drop it into conversation during the day.
  • Ask as many people as you can what their favourite book is and why.
  • Find out as much as you can about an author – can you find them reading any of their stories on You Tube? (e.g. Kes Gray, Cressida Cowell)
  • Make a list of books, authors, poets or fictional characters. Who can make the longest list?
  • Read your favourite story to someone you live with or share it remotely with a friend or relative. Remember to try out different voices or get them to join in with you if any words or phrases are repeated.
  • Write some questions based on a book you have just been reading – find someone else who has read the book and see if they can answer your questions.
  • Share a story across your school. Start with an opening paragraph and every pupil then adds another one to make up a complete story.
  • Play a game, or enter a competition linked to one of your favourite books e.g. Wonderscape (KS2) by Jennifer Bell , The Soul Prophecy (KS3) by Chris Bradford or The Slightly Annoying Elephant (KS1) by David Walliams.

Emoji Quiz – can you name these book titles?

Guess the name of the book from the images below. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1.

black dot
black horse

2.

lion
witch hat
Wardrobe

3.

Princess
Pea Pod

4.

Thinking Emoji
Dragon

5.

owl

6.

iron

7.

tiger
tea pot

8.

water tap

9.

night time
bus
hero emoji

10.

Boy
red dress

11.

children

Answers (click to reveal)

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  3. The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson
  4. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  5. Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
  6. Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  7. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  8. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
  9. The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q.
  10. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
  11. The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt

For training and support in developing and encouraging reading for pleasure in your school contact our Education Resources Team at ers@junipereducation.org or our Education Advisers on training@junipereducation.org

Allison King

Allison King

Allison King is a Chartered Librarian for the Education Resources Service at Juniper Education. Allison has many years of experience working in research libraries in the finance sector, children’s libraries in primary schools and the Public Library. She runs the well established Juniper Book Award and enjoys reading stories on the Storytelling Bookbus.