World Book Day is an educational day of fun, celebrated on the 5th March. World Book Day represents an annual event to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation organises the day. Typically, during the day students and teachers dress up as their favourite book character. In addition, they spend the day reading books and participating in book-related games.
Here are some top five favourite world book day events:
1. Inviting school workshops.
If you do not fancy travelling, you can use the money to request a range of school workshop providers directly to your school. There is an excellent range of workshops on bookschoolworkshops.co.uk that will help to enlighten your children/students on the joys of reading.
For example, Little Creative Days – Pojo (https://bookschoolworkshops.com/workshop/category-author/little-creative-days-pojo-literacy-workshops-story-writing-puppet-making-storytelling/) offers an exciting range of story writing workshops, storytelling and puppet doing seminars based on our multi-award winning creative storytelling kits. Alternatively, have some fun and get interactional while learning books through a new media – theatre, provided by Eureka, Archimedes Big Splash Play
Book workshops directly via the bookschoolworkshop booking page. Or google to find alternative providers (it might take longer to search)
2. End of the school trip.
Always a winner!
A really good place to visit – Shakespeare Globe. The Globe carries the spirit of Shakespeare that will help students to understand the true beauty of words. The place offer workshops from primary, secondary and international students. The workshops range from story telling to the tour of the Globe. The organisers strive to awake intellectual curiosity with the high quality workshops. For more information visit the Globe website: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/discover/
3. Fun on the budget.
Get in touch with local college/university training future educational professionals to organize an activity for your year. For example, a poetry free workshop (making a poem out of your surroundings). If you are lucky to have a university nearby, get in touch. Many departments offer exciting and interactive activities as a part of their outreach programmes. Many local companies would be happy to support a local school by providing free of charge services in line with their business.
4. A fun week on the budget. At school
Traditionally World Book Day event happens at school. So why not uphold that tradition by organising your own in school events. A great memorable idea is getting all the teacher to dress up as well as the children, not only does this promote creativity and makes children understand that there is no age limit on dressing up, it’s also enjoyable for the adults.
Pupils can play another game, such as book treasure hunt. The teacher needs to hang photos of different book covers (with the name blurred) around the school. The children then walk around and guess the name of the book.
5. Project/competition week to develop useful life skills.
The idea of World Book Day can go beyond just reading a book. The school/year group could come together and create a group school/yearbook. This is where students will all write their own short story and do illustrations for their short story.
In addition, school can do a competition for the front cover (all children submit their front covers and an expert panel choose a winner). The school can sell the completed book to parents and the community to raise money for a chosen charity or the school.
The pupils develop skills of design, plan and prepare. As the teacher, all you need to step back and manage the process and people.