How to Celebrate World Book Day

by - Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This Thursday (7th of March) marks the international celebration of World Book Day. Now in its 16th year, World Book Day aims to ensure as many children as possible explore the pleasures of books and reading!

With events happening all over the country, competitions to encourage literary participation, and of course a selection of books published specially for the event, there are many ways you and your children can celebrate the occasion. 

Join in with World Book Day Events

Many schools, libraries and nurseries offer events on World Book Day, such as "Dress up as a Book Character", organised reading sessions and book fairs. Find out what's happening in your local area and pop along to enjoy the fun!

At home you can also join in with The Biggest Book Show on Earth: a free online festival which is streamed live from 11am on the 7th of March. 

The event features an amazing line-up of NINE amazing authors and illustrators including Tony Robinson, Lauren Child, Shirley Hughes, Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz, Rachel Bright, Liz Pichon, Cathy Cassidy and Guy-Parker-Rees - and hosted by Tony Robinson himself!

Play games and enter competitions

Over on the World Book Day website, you can find some great competitions for children of all ages:
There are also games to help bring literature to life for younger children, including Winnie's Looney Laundry Game, How to Train your Dragon and The Flip Flop Club eCard Creator.

Bring stories to life with Storytime Online

Storytime Online is a unique resource of stories for children are read by a fantastic selection of authors and actors – a brilliant way to keep children entertained and a fun way to help develop their language skills.

A range of stories are available for all age groups, from under 5's right through to over 11's. 

Dr Seuss on the Loose! from World Book Day on Vimeo.

Read as a family

The main focus of World Book Day is to encourage literacy, so why not take this as a prime opportunity to enjoy a book together as a family?

You can find a whole range of recommended reads suitable for all ages, or use your £1 Book Token to buy one of the books published for World Book Day this year - there are loads of great reads to choose from.

For even more literary inspiration, check out my post: 50 Children's Books which Stand The Test of Time.

How will your family celebrate World Book Day?

Are your children dressing up as their favourite characters for school on Thursday? Perhaps you've devised your own event and would like to share the details with Glamumous readers?

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below - I'd love to know how you're celebrating!

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