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World Book Day

February 28th| Michael Mountford

World Book Day

Preparing for the 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.

The first thing you may want to consider is preparing the classroom. You want to make this day seem as magical as you can for all those excited little brains about to enter your classroom in their lovely, crafted costumes!

One idea we love is the #DoorDressingChallenge! You or your class vote for their favourite book cover and you can try to recreate it as a class. This is fantastic as its brings a community feel to the event which inspires younger ones who may be resilient to start reading, to get out there and discover a genre they love. Here are a few amazing examples!

*Credit to William Byrd Primary Academy and Miss Baines classroom.

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 won!

*Credit to classtogram

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 ground breaking! 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!

The lessons!

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:



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.

Story Telling Game Packs – fantastic, fun and simple games to get children using their imagination and developing their ideas for stories. The pack includes everything you’ll need, including: dice, spinners & rules. An expansion pack is also available so that you can swap cards or add more choices. Click the image to get started.

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! Oh where to begin…

*Credit to Cambridge News – what a fantastic Mr Bump costume!
*Credit to Portsmouth News – We love the simple yet effective ‘Caroline’ costume the most!
*Credit to ITV news – Anything witchy for Harry Potter always makes a great costume!
Credit to ITV news – Is that red riding hood riding a wolf?

Remember – DO NOT PANIC! You don’t need to spend if you don’t want to! 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!).

Have a great day!

Let us know, by tagging us via our social media pages, how you celebrated World Book Day. They may even be added into the Topic Calendar.

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