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Great Kimble Church of England School

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World Book Day 2021

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is an annual charity event beginning in 1995 that is celebrated in the UK and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. On World Book Day, every child in full-time education is given a voucher to spend on whatever book they want with the hopes of encouraging kids to read more, improving their vocabulary, learning new information and enhancing their creativity in the process! It’s also a time where authors, illustrators, books and reading can be appreciated and celebrated in over 100 countries around the world.


Why is World Book Day Important?

Whilst dressing up is a fun part of World Book Day, it isn’t what it is all about. The main of the day is to encourage children to explore different genres of books and develop a passion for reading. 

This is because there are many benefits which include: increased vocabulary, heightened empathy and improved concentration.


How are we celebrating World Book Day at Great Kimble School?

This year will be slightly different as we will be celebrating this remotely. Firstly, we would like to invite children to dress up as a character from one of their favourite stories. This is completely optional. There is no set theme for the costumes, so please don’t worry about buying anything. The children all have excellent imaginations so I am sure they will come up with something fantastic with things they already have at home or they could make a hat or mask using card. The children will be emailed their book vouchers. These can be used in corresponding shops as normal. The children will be set three World Book Day related tasks by their teachers. These will include a focus on a particular book but also opportunities for children to share their favourite stories. The tasks and corresponding resources will be uploaded onto the class pages as normal. 


Earth Class


Air Class

Water Class

Fire Class

Theme: Animals



Book: What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Theme: Fantasy



Book: The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson

Theme: Mystery



Book: Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith

Theme: Environment & Humanity


Book: Here we are by Oliver Jeffers


The teachers will also be sharing some of their favourite stories, either the ones from their focus or additional books and extracts. These will be recorded and posted onto our school YouTube channel for you all to enjoy. 


I know things might be slightly different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed…Reading Rocks!


Useful Links

World Book Day | World Book Day is a registered charity. Our mission is to give every child and young person a book of their own. - Lots of free resources and games.


World Book Day author & illustrator videos for schools - Videos of authors reading extracts from their books. There is also free activities based on these stories to.


Share a Story Corner ( - Free audio books to read and share together.


World Book Day Activities: Looking beyond the single story | Oxfam GB