Happy World Book Day 2016

Today is World Book Day, one of our favourite days of the year.

Sharing a love of books with the children in your family is so important and makes a big difference to their ongoing learning. With this in mind here at Reading Fairy we have collated some fun facts and suggestions on how you can use World Book Day as the starting point for all sorts of book-related fun.


1. Dress up as a favourite character

Children across the country will dress up as their favourite book character for World Book Day. The Guardian is currently collating your pictures so you can add your child’s World Book Day photo here:

2.   Hold a Book Swap

Children swap books they have finished reading for new ones! This could be organised in your local library, with families at home, at village hall or in school.

3. Meet an Author and/or Illustrator

Encourage your child’s school to get a fantastic author or illustrator to visit. There’s lots of support for this from a range of sources including:

4. Visit your local library

Libraries need our support – and what better time than World Book Day! Pop into your local library to find out what they’re doing to celebrate and if you haven’t got your child a library card yet, this is a great day to get them signed up.

5. Create a Book Nook at Home

Books can be shared anytime and anywhere. But why not create a special place in your home for your little book worm to curl up in and read stories. These photos show you don’t need lots of space to do it

World Book Day Facts

  • UNESCO has designated World Book Day the biggest celebration of its kind
  • World Book Day takes place annually on the first Thursday of March
  • Over 100 countries take part in World Book Day
  • This year, over 14 million vouchers will be given to children in the UK to exchange for free books. There are a variety to choose from from pre-school to Key Stage 3
  • Free resources are available for nurseries and schools to download (there’s fun stuff on the website for families to enjoy at home too.)

If our World Book Day activities have inspired you,or if you have your own ideas on making reading a regular part of your home routine, do let us know – leave a comment below.

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