World Book Day activities – Story Express primary resource pack

What's included?

PDF booklet

Key Stage

KS1, KS2


Years 1-6


Celebrate books and reading in your classroom

Plan this year’s World Book Day activities with this exciting whole-school resource pack. It’s packed with inspiring ideas – perfect for use in primary schools.

There are separate World Book Day ideas for KS1 children and KS2 children. Pick which best suits your class from this handy pack.

What’s inside this World Book Day activities pack?

World Book Day activities resources
  • Y1-2 lesson plan
  • Y3-4 lesson plan
  • Y5-6 lesson plan 
  • Booklist
  • Bookchat prompts
  • Extracts from classic novels to use within the lesson plans

As part of each lesson we’ve provided children’s activity sheets for you to print and use. There are also teacher notes and downloadable resources.

World Book Day activities resources

Each lesson is bursting with fun activities and will take between half a day and a full day to deliver.

The lessons involve exploring book characters, settings and story worlds by sharing a picture book together and talking about it.

Inside this massive collection of teaching resources you’ll also find the following extension activities:

  • Travel-by-book agency roleplay activity and printable resources
  • Exciting whole-school Story Express activity 

All the included activities are centred around whole-class, reading-for-pleasure experiences. It’s about creating a celebration of books and reading via hands-on activities that will get kids excited.

Focus on your favourite books

World Book Day activities resources

We’ve suggested some great books that open doors to different story worlds. However, you can also focus your lesson around popular books or a favourite story or favourite author that your class already know about. 

Bring books to life with these World Book Day activities

Story line travel agency resources

The travel-by-book agency roleplay activity will help pupils develop interpersonal, literacy and maths skills, as well as inspiring further interest in books. 

It involves children creating a travel agency to promote lots of exciting ‘story worlds’ (books) that customers can ‘visit’. 

The special whole-school Story Express activity involves turning participating classrooms into ‘stations’ along The Story Line. This is an imaginary railway running though your school. 

Each station leads to a different story world, which travellers discover by sharing a picture book at that station. Travellers can also browse the station displays, get their passports stamped and collect souvenirs before returning home.

Discover even more great World Book Day activities and browse ideas for International Literacy Day in September.

World Book Day activities primary resource pack
World Book Day activities – Story Express primary resource pack

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