Get ready for World Book Day

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As primary and secondary schools, libraries and community groups everywhere get ready for World Book Day on 5 March, we wanted to share some ideas to help you have your best reading celebration yet. Just one day of celebrating books and reading didn't feel like enough for us, so we’ve planned a week of ideas and activities for you to get stuck into.

If you’re a library or community group who won’t be meeting on the day itself, you can still use any of these ideas on a day of your choice. 


Start off your week with a bang using our Escape Room Resource, a series of exciting book-related challenges designed to test children's problem solving skills and encourage them to work together as a team. It's sure to get them excited about everything the week will have in store...


Wish happy 10th birthday to Authors Live by tuning into a special broadcast with Michael Rosen and Tanya Roberts. Author and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen was part of the very first Authors Live broadcast, and now he's returning to celebrate with us.

Join in by watching the show live and holding your very own viewing party - you could serve up homemade snacks or make birthday cards decorated with your favourite books. Whatever you get up to, make sure you tweet about it #BBCAuthorsLive to let us know.

You can keep the Authors Live fun going throughout the week with Authors Live On Demand - it's like your very own digital book festival! From hilarious hijinks with Pamela Butchart to Chris Hoy & Joanna Nadin for sports fans, there's something for everyone.


Build new digital skills using our resource made in partnership with Into Film Scotland. This resource is full of great ideas, including filming a book review and making your very own book trailer. You could even hold a screening of the finished product for friends and family afterwards.

If you're already thinking about submitting your Challenge entry, you could use the resource to explore different ideas so that you're ready to share your reading journey when the time comes.

Thursday – World Book Day

Thursday is World Book Day, and that means it’s really time to celebrate! You might have a tried and tested format for the day itself, such as dressing up as your favourite characters or a visit to your local library. If you are looking for new ideas to try, here are a few to spark your imagination:

  • Preston Street Primary School's reading ambassadors had an innovative approach to their reading celebration: each classroom was dedicated to a different genre of book and the pupils came up with fun ways for their classmates to interact with each one
  • Hold a quiz is a great way to get everyone involved – Arbroath Academy themed theirs on vile villains in books and films to help everyone feel included. This could work well for community groups too
  • Swap costumes for pjs and hold a bedtime story session complete with comfy blankets and cushions. This is a great way to reduce pressure on parents to provide new costumes each year while still marking the day in a fun way. You could even hold the event at your local library, to give families the opportunity to borrow some more stories to enjoy at home
  • Turn your space into a Book Bistro like St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High. Serving up hot chocolate and treats to the lucky visitors can help make reading the talk of the school
  • Hold a Big Book Swap to introduce your group to new books – you could link this to any work you are already doing around recycling and caring for the environment, plus children could add their own personal touches by leaving a little note or bookmark in their book for the next reader
  • Hold a party to celebrate the announcement of the winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize! Look out for a special video on Twitter @ScottishBkTrust featuring the winning author, as voted by teenagers across Scotland.


Keep the momentum going by setting Reading Dares for the children and young people you work with to try out over the weekend. A reading dare is a great way to explore new genres, recommend books to each other and generally have fun with reading. We have reading dares for individual children or dares for whole classes or groups, so you can get the children involved with choosing dares for each other or working together.

However you spend this week, make sure you share it with us on Twitter @FMReadChallenge – we will be retweeting celebrations and activities throughout the week, so stay tuned for more inspiration there.

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