Looking at the Argos World Book Day for adults website, it looks as though teachers will have a fairly limited choice of celebrating the day as either Harry Potter or Mary Poppins with a brave few opting to arrive as Mr Twit or Willy Wonka.

Their pupils have much wider options and characters from fairy stories and the books of Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and David Walliams among others will be turning up on 7 March at schools across the country.

World Book Day is a registered charity “on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own”.

Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries around the world, it is the biggest celebration of its kind.

Now in its 22nd year, 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.

The organisers are therefore sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of book tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into nursery/preschool, primary and secondary).

Ideas and activities, display material, timeline planners and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day can all be found at www.worldbookday.com.

Here can be found everything from a Paddington Activity Pack to recommended reading lists for all ages, and from primary assembly plans to ideas for reluctant readers.

Now read on …

Last reviewed 28 February 2019