DO SOMETHING BOOKY TODAY
20 WORLD BOOK DAY IDEAS
Try one or a combination of these brilliant bookish ideas – on World Book Day or any day – shared with us by teachers and librarians. Come back and find more ideas in our WORLD BOOK DAY RESOURCE PACK when it is released at the end of November 2016.
- Whole school reading try one of these for fixed times or when the bell rings throughout the whole day and children must grab their nearest book to read:
DEAR: Drop Everything and Read.
DEAR: Drop Everything and Reflect.
ERIC: Everyone Reads In Class.
- Book blitz children share a favourite book with a friend. They read it to them and tell them why they love it in 1 minute, then swap .
- Paired reading older children read with younger children.
- Swapsies teachers swap classes and read their favourite book or poem.
- Storycrafting children write a short story to make a class anthology. Take a look at our writing tips in our Storycraft videos.
- Weird Write-all children write one paragraph or page of a story and pass it on to create a (rather strange!) combined story
- Author and illustrator research children research their favourite author or illustrator and write about their life and books (a good one if you’re completing Arts Award!).
DRESSING UP & FUNDRAISING
- Costume parade children model their literary outfits, hats or masks, and recite a line, make an action, or explain why they like the character to the rest of the class.
- Character study children present their chosen character to classmates, talking about the values they represent, e.g. Mary Poppins is caring, Charlie Bucket loves his family.
- Make props to wear together create masks, glasses, beards or whole costumes using Book Aid International’s downloadable activity sheets. Children can be a whole range of characters and raise money for charity at the same time.
- Run a Book Swap Theme Day or Festival of the Imagination create lots of fairground stalls eg Swap a Book, Hook a Duck, Madame Bibliotheque telling reading futures, the magic of books with a magician, etc.
- Hold a book sale, book swap or book fair.
- Run a quiz try The Bumper Book Quiz or create your own.
- Guess my book literary charades for children and teachers or Who Am I? quiz where teachers provide a title for their own ‘autobiography’ and children have to match the teacher to the title.
- Story sacks and book boxes children place items in a shoe box or sack linked to a particular book for their classmates to guess.
- Spelling bee have fun with words like ‘splendiferous’ and ‘Gruffalo’. Prizes could include book vouchers or stationery.
- Readathon Run a sponsored read for a week or a month.
DESIGN AND DECORATE
- Design a book cover, poster, bookmark or book bunting to decorate the school or library – pupils can design the using their favourite book jackets or reading slogans.
- Decorate a door with a book theme – each with a different book title.
- Create book characters from potatoes, wooden spoons or hard-boiled eggs