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8 great resources to get ready for World Book Day 2021

Get in gear for your literary lessons with a smattering of resources from around the web...

  • 8 great resources to get ready for World Book Day 2021

World Book Day is nearly here, coming at us on Thursday 4 March.

So if you want to get a headstart on ideas for assemblies, lessons and projects we’ve rounded up a few resources to get you going.

1 | World Book Day official resources

Head to the official World Book Day site to find resources for this year’s event, from the main resource pack to recommended reads and book-specific activities for things like Paddington, Rooftoppers, Beetle Boy and more.

All of this can be found here.


2 | Classic texts KS2 reading comprehension packs

These reading challenge mats provide a quick burst of comprehension practice, ideal for morning work, a short reading session or even sparking an interest in a classic text.

Each mat contains a brief extract from a classic text with a range of reading challenge questions focusing on the key reading skills of inference, information retrieval and the use of language.

There are three packs available, each of which use three classic texts. Click each link to find them:

  • Pack 1
    The Invisible Man by HG Wells, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Pack 2
    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • Pack 3
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

3 | World Book Day lesson plan

Explore what would happen if a book character entered a different story where they didn’t belong with this lesson plan for KS1 and KS2.

What if a library got its books in a muddle and the pages from different books got spliced with each other? Where would the characters end up? What would they do? How would they act?

The comic book industry has relied on amalgamations and multiverses for decades to keep stories fresh. Time travel, cloning and wormholes have allowed characters to be reborn, inhabit new bodies and end up in different settings across time.

For World Book Day, let your class explore this concept and create a multiverse of their own with their favourite characters.

Download this free lesson plan here.


4 | Book Aid International

Want to do some good and tie your day into a charitable cause? Book Aid International helps transform the lives of African school children through the power of books.

Download a PowerPoint presentation on the project here, as well as resources such as African games, African mask templates and a map of the continent.


5 | 100 Books to Read Before You’re 14

Download and print this poster to display, and see how many of the books listed children have read. Or, they can choose one from there that they haven’t read before.


6 | Printable bookmarks

At Activity Village you’ll find a whole range of printable bookmarks arranged by theme. There’s animals, dinosaurs, flags, jokes and loads more.

Find them all here.


7 | Activities list

This useful PDF resource from TeachIt Primary is a list of fun activities for World Book Day. It includes things like giving children an imaginary book title for them to design a cover, taking the words out of a comic strip and seeing if they can infer what the characters are saying from the images and 15 other cracking ideas.   

Check out the full list here.


8 | Storytime Online

Storytime Online is a library of videos where you can watch books being read out loud. You can choose from themes like the selection of stories picked for Black History Month, or just view the entire list.

Explore this treasure trove of vids here.

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