10 wonderful and stress-free ways to get your children excited about World Book Day (4th March) at home.

It’s that time of year again. Parents everywhere scour their children’s wardrobes and dressing up boxes to desperately put together a book-themed costume.

Well, this year the pressure’s off. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have a bit of fun and celebrate though.


What is World Book Day?

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

Their mission is to inspire a love of reading (that sounds familiar) in children worldwide. On this day, children, families and schools come together to fundraise for the cause. One of the most popular ways to fundraise in schools is by dressing up…


How can you get involved from home?

 Most schools will be organising something so make sure to check out what they’ve planned.

The World Book Day website is teaming with free resources that you can download too.


Here are some things you can do from the comfort of your own home with little to no effort or dodgy costumes:


  • Share a story (all ages) –

Painfully obvious suggestion but why not share a story as a family? Choose one that’s suitable for all ages and enjoy together.

  • Host a book club (age 4+) –

This is an excellent opportunity for you to check in on what/how much your children are reading. You could choose a time and place, bake some nice treats and gather together to talk about what you’re all reading. If you’re feeling really ambitious you could prepare some questions ahead of time too (e.g. who’s your favourite character, who would you recommend it to?)

  • Run a reading competition (age 4+) –

You could start this on the day and then have a deadline for a month’s time? The competition could be on how much they read or how much time your child spends with reading materials. Take into account the age and ability of your child when you pitch the competition.

  • Book themed bake (age 2+) –

Choose any book and create a cake based on that book. We ran this as a competition at one of my previous schools and the students loved it! We had entries from Hagrid’s birthday cake for Harry Potter to a shop bought cake based on Mary Berry’s cookbook (they got points for original thinking). Get as creative as you like!

  • Redesign a book cover (age 4+) –

An excellent choice for the creative types. Choose your favourite book and redesign the cover with pictures, interesting fonts and colours. You could research different versions of the book (some books have loads) as inspiration!

  • Recreate your favourite story (age 2+) –

Definitely not for the introverts but it’s a lovely opportunity for your child to develop their speech and language whilst engaging with their favourite read. They could choose a certain part from the story and recreate it for the whole family as a performance. You could make costumes, props and set too!

  • Story charades (age 2+) –

So this is nice and easy, take the rules from charades and apply them to your favourite books. You could even split into teams and keep scores for prizes!

  • Sock/potato/wooden spoon puppets (age 4+) –

Depending on what you’ve got laying around the house, you could make puppets of your favourite story characters. The outcomes are always very entertaining, and it can get quite competitive.

  • Book quiz (all ages) –

This is a great one if you have older children who like a little responsibility. They could come up with suitable questions and you could divide the family into teams to make it fair on younger siblings. Great fun for all!

  • Shoe box scene (5+) –

You don’t necessarily have to use a shoe box, any vessel that’s big enough to hold a model of a scene from your favourite book. Choose a page/section from your favourite book and imagine you’re taking a photo with your mind. Put what’s in your mind into that box. You could use any materials to fill it from scrap paper, cut up cardboard, pipe cleaners, spare material, anything in your craft box!

  • Top Trumps (age 7+) –

If you’re familiar with this card game, you’ll know the rules. Essentially, you have a card for every character from a book and each character has different ‘powers’ /10. Player 1 chooses a ‘power’, calls it to their opponent and Player 2 comes back with what their score is for that ‘power’ (e.g. Peppa Pig, Kindness rating is 9/10 and George is 7/10. The person with the Pippa card wins and gets to steal George from the other player). Your child could create a whole game based on the characters from their favourite book.

  • Book review (age 6+) –

Now we’re not expecting it to be published in the Times but a brief outline, explanation of their favourite part, character and a star rating, makes for a great review! This activity is also a great opportunity for your child to reflect on what they’ve read and develop their critical thinking skills.

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