World Book Day is a celebration! A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading! In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This was the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, children of all ages will came together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we were sent Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.
During World Book Day, we wanted to create a ‘Christmas morning’ feeling around books and reading, encouraging children to use their imaginations and engage with the world of books in as creative a way as possible, and by dressing up and bringing their favourite book characters to life, they are doing just that.
World Book Day is principally about encouraging children and young people to read and love books and the book tokens allow us to spread that joy. Last year over 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed, enabling 1 in 4 KS2 children to ‘purchase’ their first ever book. Research by the National Literacy Trust* has indicated that 89.5% of children aged 8-11 are aware of World Book Day and that, in 2016, 60% of children were inspired to read more by the celebration.
Here are the teachers from Phase 1 in their World Book Day costumes.