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World Book Day activities - everything you need to celebrate!

Mother and daughter together holding a book and reading a bedtime story

 

Our favourite day of the year is almost here – hooray! Don’t panic if you haven’t made a plan or got your costume sorted yet, as we’ve got some super easy World Book Day costume hacks for you, plus lots of other creative ways you can celebrate with your young bookworms this week. Here’s everything you need to know:

Book-themed activity ideas to enjoy at home

World Book Day is shaping up to be a little different this year but that's no reason not celebrate the joy of reading and books. We've created a free activity download with ideas for kids to do alone or even via video call with friends. Simply join our email list and we'll send the printable straight to you!


Easy World Book Day costume ideas

It’s the dress up day you either love or hate! But the truth is it doesn’t have to be complicated. There are lots of easy ways to create World Book Day costumes using clothes your kids already own, plus a few cardboard props. And to make things even easier we’ve created a download with 40+ costume ideas that won’t break the bank - join our email list and you'll be sent a link as part of your welcome gift! Here’s a sneak peek at two of them:

 

Girl dressed as a character from The Paper Dolls

For the little girl from The Paper Dolls, you simply need to cut out a cardboard butterfly and attach it to a hairclip. We also created our own versions of Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with a bow to complete the outfit!

Boy dressed as Tom Gates

Dressing up as Tom Gates couldn’t be easier. We created a cardboard guitar and simply added one of his favourite treats, a caramel wafer!

We've also shared a few more ideas here.

 

Join in the World Book Day fun on their website

The World Book Day website is a hub of ideas and inspiration for celebrating the power of story-sharing. You'll find details of this year's £1 books, videos, activities and more to keep you busy for hours.

 

Bookish bento boxes and story spoons

More book-ish craft activities from around the web

If you’re not into dressing up, there are still lots of creative ways in which you can celebrate your favourite books and authors on World Book Day. Could you turn a potato into your favourite book character? Or create a set of wooden spoon characters for some interactive storytelling? We love these book-themed bento boxes – perfect for a World Book Day lunchbox! You’ll also find a whole host of Draw-A-Long videos from some of our favourite author-illustrators on YouTube, including Tom McLaughlin, Steve Lenton and Nick Sharratt.

 

More brilliant online resources to explore

There are some fantastic book-ish online resources out there. Get started on official World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph’s website, where you can download printable puzzles, colouring pages and how-to guides, including official World Book Day bookmarks and a reading crown (who doesn’t want a reading crown?!). Then head over to the British Library and get stuck into the Discovering Children’s Books collection, which includes all sorts of creative activities to do at home or at school, fascinating interviews with some of our favourite authors and illustrators, and access to lots of stories, notebooks and sketchbooks. Finally, one of our favourite children’s publishers, Chicken House, has recently launched an EGG-CITING creative writing challenge for kids. Who Let the Gods Out author Maz Evans and her author friends – Holly Rivers, Emma Shevah and Christopher Edge – want to inspire children to hatch their own creative stories. Head to their website to find a fun, must-watch video featuring these talented authors, as well as resources for teachers, librarians and book clubs. Here's to inspiring the next generation of writers!

Have a very happy World Book Day, bookworms! We’d love to see what you get up to, so don’t forget to tag us in your photos on social media: Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


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