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World Book Day

February 26th 2021| Michael Mountford
February 26th 2021 |

World Book Day

World Book Day! A day many children in schools across the country love to take part in, yet for adults it is often a time of doubt and stress. Not any more! You have come to the right place if you want inspiration and to be ready for the big event in your classroom.

Preparing for the day!

Firstly, preparing the classroom. You want to make this day seem as magical as you can for all those excited children about to enter your classroom in their costumes!

One idea I saw during my research is the #DoorDressingChallenge– I have to say, I Love It!

You and your class vote for their favourite book cover and you try to recreate it as a class. This is fantastic, as it brings a community feel to the event which inspires younger ones to start reading, to get out there and discover a genre they love. Here are just a couple of amazing examples that I found!

Another thing you can try is creating an amazing book display to inspire more reading. These are fairly easy to get up and running – we particularly love the ‘Bookflix’ idea! Children are fully aware of the world of Netflix, and by making visuals which link to their own interests and hobbies, half the battle is already won!

The next thing you need to do is get that library in working order! Many of us have them within the corners of our rooms and let’s be honest… when was the last time you managed to take a good look at it and make it appealing? Don’t worry though, it doesn’t need to be groundbreaking! Gather a few baskets and pop some labels on (linking to genres) to give it a quick boost. Our story genre pack is a great starting point!

Lesson Ideas

YouTube is a fantastic resource for videos explaining genre, book reviews or online reading sessions. A great idea is to use your class iPads to film pupils giving their own reviews on a book they have read.

We have had a good look around for some inspiring lesson ideas and videos you can use. Here are a few of our top picks:

World Book Day Costumes – The Teachers

So your classroom is ready, the library has had an uplifting makeover and you have some games and activities planned, the last thing on your list – the costume!

Anything Harry Potter related always makes a great costume!
Loving the Mr Bump costume!

Remember – Some of the most fantastic costumes above were simple and easy to make using household items (old t-shirts are great to cut up!). It’s also a good idea to have a look around some charity shops to see what you can find – many Halloween costumes end up there (You’ll be surprised how easy it is to find a cape!).


We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with World Book Day. Click here to see all of our brand new World Book Day Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Whole Body Story Sharing
Book Scavenger Hunt EYFS/KS1
Sharing Stories Bingo Board (KS2)
Reading And Sharing Stories Author Quote Posters

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to celebrate World Book Day.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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