What is World Book Day?

Celebrating 21 years of World Book Day on the 1st March 2018, schools across the country have an excellent opportunity to get involved and support the development and appreciation of reading.

For the event, World Book Day has partnered booksellers, publishers and the National Book Tokens Ltd to provide children under the age of 18 with £1 book tokens. The book tokens, can either be used to purchase one of ten new books for free (http://www.worldbookday.com/books/) or £1 off any book or audio book over £2.99 at participating stores (valid: Monday 26th February 2018 – Sunday 25th March 2018).

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), are offering free World Book Day 2018 Braille or audiobooks via their helpline: 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk

For more information on how to use the token and the terms and conditions, please visit the World Book Day site here: http://www.worldbookday.com/books/

If you have not received or would like to receive these tokens for your school, please email wbd@education.co.uk

Celebration of Reading

Reading is more than just the book. It is about the characters, the scenes and importantly the imagination of the child within the story and their ability to be creative.

World Book Day have created a resource pack for Primary and Secondary Schools detailing ideas to get schools involved on the day, which can be found below. Primary School Resource: http://www.worldbookday.com/wpcontent/uploads/2018/01/Primary-Resource-Pack-2018.pdf

Secondary School Resource: http://www.worldbookday.com/wpcontent/uploads/2018/01/Secondary-Resource-Pack-2018.pdf

Another World Book Day initiative for schools, the ‘Big Book Off Challenge‘, is about classroom activities to engage children in using their creativity to share a story by creating a character to a performance of poetry. For more information and to print off your challenge sheet, click here: http://www.worldbookday.com/big-book-off/

The National Literacy Trust has organised a range of resources for World Book Day, such as activity sheets for early years, primary and secondary school children on their website: https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/world-book-day-2018/


World Book Day

There is a competition at World Book Day to design a book-themed National Book Token with the first prize winner getting £500 National Book Tokens for the school, £200 for the child and £200 for the teacher, which closes on Friday 13th April 2018. For more information and the entry form, please click here: http://www.worldbookday.com/competitions/design-national-book-tokencompetition-2018/

Find more competitions from World Book Day: http://www.worldbookday.com/competitions/design-national-book-tokencompetition-2018/

Find more ideas for classroom activities from World Book Day: http://www.worldbookday.com/ideas/showcase/

National Book Tokens (Caboodle)

There are a variety of different competitions on the National Book Tokens website from winning signed copies of books, days out and gifts, such as winning a set of 50 Penguin Moderns (fiction to poetry) to becoming a Junior zookeeper.

For more information and to enter the competitions click here: https://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/competitions

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is giving one lucky winner a chance to win two signed copies of Pip Jones new book ‘Piggy Hero’ by writing a description of your pet and their remarkable talent.

For more information: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/competition/piggy-hero-competition

The Federation of Children’s Books Groups

The organisation aims to bring Children and stories together through storytelling and sharing stories that get schools and children involved. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-share-a-story-month/

Inviting Authors into the classroom / Library events

World Book Day supports the idea that children should see reading a wide variety of books from different genres as a pleasure that indirectly improves ones learning in the classroom. One of the best ways to inspire children to read more is to get their favourite book authors to come in and read to the class or school. Below are a few organisations that are set up to create just that.

Alternatively, why not arrange class visits to your local library and give them an induction, research what events are available or maybe see if they can hold author events themselves.

Find your local library here: http://findmylibrary.co.uk/b

YA Shot have a programme for Libraries and Schools in areas where they organise author visits: http://www.yashot.co.uk/

Ideas from our Driver for Literacy (DfL) partner schools for World Book Day

  • Schools are inviting children to dress up as a character from their favourite book and bring the book into school.
  • They are holding story time sessions, inviting parents to read to the children.
  • Other schools are having a book fair and are holding a book swap for children.
  • Schools are also helping children to get in contact with their favourite authors.


If you are interested in exploring the theme of disability within children’s literature, check out our great resource here.