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World Book Day 2021

World Book Day 2021 – Thursday 4th March 2021


We hope that you have a fabulous World Book Day.  Here are a few ideas to help you to have a fun filled day!


Whole School Dress as your favourite book character

We will be dressing up as a whole school, whether we are at home learning or in school learning.  Classes will be arranging to meet, share our costumes and characters, and spend some time sharing a story. 



"The Masked Reader" competition.   

Click on the video link below to work out who the ten St. Patrick's Masked Readers are. 

For an extra point, can you work out the name of their favourite book and who it is written by?

Find the full video here :




The Masked Reader 2021

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Competition time


Reception: draw your favourite book character and write their name.


Year 1/2: Make a bookmark.  The winner will have their bookmark laminated and printed in the school library for people to use.


Year 3/4: Grand designs: Create a bedroom design for your favourite book characters.  Include lots of clues without giving away who the character is.  We will use the best ones to make a display and there will be a prize for the best one in class.


Year 5/6:  Write what you love about reading/why it is important to read in 140 characters or less (examples are in the library and I can send a ppt to assist).  Best ones will go into the library/ on website reading pages. 


(see class learning pages and See-Saw for templates and further details)


In classes/on-line learning


Each class teacher has created a schedule of creative and fun activities for our children and their families to complete.  These will be posted in the usual way using See-Saw and Googleclassrooms  Have fun and take lots of photos so that we can share in all of your great learning throughout the day! We love to hear you read on See-Saw and it would be fantastic to see you reading in your costume too.  Why not rig your relatives on video call and read to them to bring them some lockdown cheer too. 

Ideas and Resources


2021’S £1 BOOKS masterclass videos


Find so may more resources using the links below:


Role on the floor

This activity is great for getting children active on World Book Day while at the same time developing their vocabulary for character descriptions and their role in the story.

Go to a large space and split the children into groups. Using rolls of paper or sheets stuck together, ask one pupil to lie on the floor while the others draw round them.

Next, choose either a character from a story the class is reading together or, if the children have come to school dressed as a book character for World Book Day, use one of these. Ask pupils to write words to describe the character’s physical appearance and personality within the outline of the body on the floor.

Jon Smedley
former teacher and founder of Teach Active

Write fan-fiction

Ask pupils to think about what would happen if a character from one book met a character from another. This should spark some interesting discussions about what they might do or say to each other. Ask children to write some dialogue between the two characters they’ve chosen.

The lesson can go in a variety of directions from here – be flexible and run with pupils’ initial thoughts. You should end up with some brilliantly quirky bits of fan-fiction.

Adam Parkhouse, senior teacher
Cantley Primary, Norfolk

New version

Recreate the book you’re studying in class by asking each child to create an A3 page that dives into a particular character, setting, message or illustration.

At the end of the day, compile the A3 pages into a book and add a child’s version of the original front cover. Place the new version in the school library for others to view.

Jillian Reilly, deputy head of primary
GEMS Founders School Dubai

Elevator pitch

Give children one minute to perform an ‘elevator pitch’ about why their book should be added to the class or school library. They need to explain why it’s a great read, what they learnt about writing from it and, if applicable, what moral lesson they learnt from the book.

This gets pupils enthused about their book and gives them practice with sequencing ideas and public speaking.

Drop everything

I like doing “drop everything and read” on World Book Day. Everyone brings in a favourite book from home, including all the adults. At various intervals during the day I ring a bell and everyone picks up their book and reads, me included.

I then ring the bell again and everyone goes back to what they were doing. Last year the children loved it so much that we carried it on the following day as well.

It led to wonderful discussions about why we’d all chosen our books and the children particularly enjoyed hearing about the adults’ reading choices, which ranged from a recipe book to a non fiction book about Roman artefacts. It also told me a lot about the reading preferences of my pupils.

Poetry anthology

We give children across our academy chain a stimulus to write a poem about (positive emotions, for example). Outstanding poems from each academy are selected for publication in a special anthology which is displayed in each of the schools involved.

Our aim is to inspire the pupils – the future authors sitting in our classrooms – to aim high and dream big. The anthology not only gives a purpose for writing, which drives the standard of work, but can ultimately lead to transforming the life chances of our pupils.

Whole-school writing

As part of a drive to improve writing outcomes, I organised a whole-school story writing activity. Each class put a picture of a main character, a setting and an interesting object in a box. On Monday, each class in school worked together to write the first paragraph of their story, using the character, setting and object they’d selected.

On Tuesday the box and first paragraph was passed to a different class who then wrote the second paragraph. By Friday there were 12 different stories on display in the corridor. We hadn’t anticipated how excited the pupils would be each morning to see the next stage of their story appear.

Even more World Book Day ideas

Delve into an extraordinary book and plan a whole day of activities around it with our free book topic guides. Rich in rhyme and figurative language, Field Trip to the Moon will enthral KS1 readers. Download our activity guide here.

Take a trip back to the 1950s with multi-layered picturebook Town is by the Sea. Download our KS1/2 activity guide here. Alternatively, delve into a wealth of creative KS2 activities inspired by dramatic fable The Honey Hunter by Karthika Nair by using our activity guide here




Local events may be taking place that your school can get involved in. Contact your school library service, public library or local bookshop to find out what is being planned.

The World Book Day website has details of how to join in with live events as well as recorded online classes.

While we can’t give too much away, we suggest families and educators keep a close eye on our national Facebook page for some very exciting events on the day itself!

Try these resources to help develop a love of reading among your class:

  • Virtual School Library – we’ll be featuring a special World Book Day author from 1 March, including a free book. Take a look here
  • Young Readers Story Club – themed tales read by authors and storytellers, including activities to try out. Discover more
  • Supporting early years children to tell stories. Enjoy this resource here
  • Are you looking for some brilliant ideas to encourage reading for pleasure? Check out our resources
  • Would you like to create excitement around a new class book? More information here
  • Learn more about A River of Stories - Tales and Poems from Across the Commonwealth here  Practical ideas and photo competitions  A live lesson

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Enjoy reading!  Enthuse readers! Encourage children and have fun!!!!