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How to Share a Story this World Book Day

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This year, we need YOUR help to encourage children, parents, carers, employees, colleagues and everyone else you know to SHARE A STORY on World Book Day (1 March 2018) and beyond – but what is #ShareAStory, and how can YOU get involved?

Our #ShareAStory campaign is encouraging parents, carers, siblings and friends to read to one another, highlighting the importance of spending JUST 10 MINUTES a day reading and sharing stories with children and young people. It’s a fantastically fun, nationwide social event, where people of all ages share the pleasure of reading and stories together, at home, at work and at school. And we’d love to see what everyone is reading and their favourite stories on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #ShareAStory.

Download your Share A Story toolkit here

From breakfast to bedtime, in the park, on the train and at work, reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time, so here’s a short guide to events and activities you could do in your school, library, bookstore, business and workplace to celebrate World Book Day.

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES can download our nursery, primary and secondary resource packs here for lots of ideas on how to share a story. You could also:

  • Invite parents and carers in for a storytelling session with hot chocolate and your child’s favourite teddy
  • Hold Share a Story sessions in classes, with older children reading to younger children or pupils sharing their favourite story with the rest of the class
  • Invite grandparents or other special guests in to be surprise story tellers
  • Create book borrowing boxes
  • Put up Share A Story posters around your school or nursery to encourage people to join in
  • Start book clubs at lunch or after school
  • Show our Share a Story assemblies, which you can find here and here
  • Host a book-special breakfast club
  • Get parents involved – hand out our Share A Story For 10 Minutes Today letters explaining the crucial difference sharing a story for just 10 minutes a day can have on their child’s future and encourage them to start the habit now with fun ideas and top tips from expert storytellers
  • Make some noise about books and join in with BookClubbing – encourage students to launch their own YA Book Club, get them sharing the books they love using #ShareAStory or run your own poll in school to find their top reads

Download posters, fun activities and school display packs

WORKPLACES AND BUSINESSES:

  • Encourage staff to leave work on time on World Book Day (1 March 2018) so they can make it home in time for the bedtime story
  • Start a book club
  • Invite your local bookshop in to run a pop-up bookshop for the day
  • Hold a Very Short Story competition
  • Create a reading café
  • Start a #ShareAStory email chain
  • Invite employees to bring in a book for a book-swap
  • Put up WBD posters around your workplace
  • Share information about the Share A Story campaign on your company intranets

Find more information and helpful resources here

BOOKSELLERS and LIBRARIES:

  • Extend the opening hours for a special Share A Story session or hold one during the day
  • Invite an author or entertainer in to Share a Story with children and adults
  • Invite children to become book reviewers with our book review display templates
  • Recommend the nation’s top 100 stories to share for all ages – results of the poll to be announced on World Book Day
  • Display Share A Story posters in your shop or library to encourage people to join in the campaign

Visit our amazing Share a Story page for loads of resources, including bunting, posters, parent information leaflets and bookmarks, that you can use for your Share a Story event this World Book Day, and beyond…

Happy reading together!

#WorldBookDay