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World Book Day is funded by publishers & booksellers in the UK & Ireland.
Our mission for 2020 is to invite everyone nationwide to Share A Million Stories and spread the love of books and reading for pleasure, both in school and at home.
It’s a campaign to help change children’s lives and make story sharing a habit of a lifetime – we’re encouraging the nation to help us share and record online over a million stories throughout World Book Day month.
Sharing a story is being read to or reading with an adult, sibling, friend – or pet for a minimum of 10 minutes. Ideally, this takes place at any time throughout the day, from breakfast till bedtime – at the breakfast table, on the bus, in the bath, or in bed.
There are LOTS of brilliant booky prizes up for grabs every week, from £1,000 of books for schools, to National Book Tokens or an exclusive print by World Book Day illustrator, Rob Biddulph.
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That’s why we need YOUR help – parents, carers, teachers, booksellers and librarians – to reach our target of one million stories shared during World Book Day month, to promote the importance of sharing stories with children.
We are inviting everyone to get involved in World Book Day’s most ambitious target yet, to spread the love of books and reading for pleasure, both in school and at home. Nurseries/pre-schools, schools, bookshops, libraries, families, parents, carers, home-schooled children, communities and businesses are all very welcome to take part.
There are prizes to be won every week for most of these settings, from £1,000 of books for schools, to National Book Tokens or an exclusive print by World Book Day illustrator, Rob Biddulph.
Register to take part, find resources and keep updated on the live national total.
The challenge will be running throughout World Book Day month – 27 February-29 March 2020.
ALL reading (for a minimum of 10 minutes) counts towards a story share, from picture books to paperbacks, comics to magazines, graphic novels, e-Books and audiobooks.
All kinds of reading count, from books, to audiobooks, comics, magazines – and fiction and non-fiction. See the infographic here.
Sharing stories encourages wellbeing for all. We’re counting HOW MANY people the stories are shared with, so one story is equal to the number of people listening, e.g. a 10-minute story shared with 20 children at Story Time = 20 story shares.
Copy and share the Share A Story Reading Record to record all the stories children are sharing both at home and at school on a weekly basis. Then record the TOTAL NUMBER of stories shared via your profile at worldbookday.com/share-a-million-stories (and update the total on your Share-O-Meter). You can do this as often as you like, but weekly may be easiest – and watch the stories grow! This step is hugely IMPORTANT.
We are encouraging each setting which takes part to set your own personal target – how many stories do you think you can share throughout World Book Day month? Ideally, your target will be ambitious, but achievable – and you can celebrate when you reach your target at the end of March.
Find inspiration of stories to share with children of all ages from this list of the Top 100 Stories to Share, voted for by the nation.
There are lots of prizes to be won EVERY week during World Book Day month (27 February-29 March 2020). We will choose winners from our registered settings at random every week. See the terms & conditions [link] to find out more.
World Book Day will email you at the email address you provide on your profile. We will aim to email winners ASAP the week after they have won.
Prizes will be sent to you ASAP after you have been contacted.
You will be able to see the live total at worldbookday.com
Our very talented illustrator Rob Biddulph has designed this World Book Day Share-O-Meter for you to use as inspiration! You can also use this arrow in Pull-out Activity 1 of our downloadable resource pack (link) to move up your Share-O-meter as your total grows.
We have a fantastic range of Share A Million Stories ideas, inspiration, resource packs and activities available for download.
Absolutely – encouraging children and young people to listen to stories being read aloud – even for just 10 minutes a day, positively impacts their own reading aloud skills, allowing them to access a wider variety of books and bring the characters to life.
From 27 February – 29 March, a range of marvellous stories will be available for teachers, parents and carers to stream for FREE.