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