World Book Day 2023

Feb. 16, 2023

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. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading and this year is the 26th Year of the day aiming to promote reading for pleasure.

Every year on 3rd March, children of all ages come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure. The World Book Day website has an amazing hub for schools and nurseries, where they have put a range of ideas and resources for World Book Day 2023 as well as resources for celebrating reading for pleasure all year round in one handy place. We've also created some great resources for you to use in your classrooms to celebrate World Book Day, as well as some great events for you and your class to take part in.

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Meet the Author Webinars

Thursday 2nd March or Friday 3rd March 11am - Exclusive reading of Kobe Ketchup and the Food Bank Adventure by Madelaine Black, author.

Have the exciting and topical story of Kobe Ketchup and the Food Bank Adventure read to your class by its author, Madelaine Black, with a chance for some questions afterwards. The first 5 schools to sign up will receive 3 free copies of the book, plus Kobe Ketchup stickers and Purple Mash goodies!

Find out more about Kobe Ketchup and the Food Bank Adventure here.

WBD Kobe 1

Thursday 2nd March or Friday 3rd March 2pm - Writing workshop with Katie Hopkins, Serial Mash author.

Have your pens and paper at the ready for Katie Hopkins to take your class on a trip through her writing journey. They'll develop a character, decide on a plotline and pad it out as well as being able to ask questions along the way.

See some of Katie's books on Serial Mash here.

World Book Day Author Event 1 (Instagram Post (Square))

Author Resources

If you’re wanting to do some research on top authors, then we’ve got just the resources for you. From Hans Christian Anderson and Charles Dickens to Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl, we’ve got shelf-loads of well-known writers for your class to get inspired in our Authors and Poets area. You'll be able to write profiles and book reviews, as well as completing activities on the authors' books.

Book Reviews

This year, to celebrate World Book Day, we have created Book Review Display Boards. Encourage your children to write a book review about their favourite book and share it to the Display Boards. To do this, just select a template from our templates, complete your book review, save it and then share to a display board. We've added a handy video to show you how to do this. Once they have submitted their own book review, allow your class time to browse the Display Boards to find a book review which grabs their interest. Maybe they can use their £1 World Book Day book token towards buying it after school?

Serial Mash

Serial Mash is your online library for reading and comprehension. With a new chapter every week of term, writing activities and guided reading resources, all the hard work of planning guided reading is done for you.

The ever-growing collection of titles (currently over 200) is designed to inspire children to develop a love of reading and become better readers. Through the publication of bespoke weekly fiction, Serial Mash leaves every chapter on a cliff-hanger, encouraging children to keep returning to find out what happens next. Not only that, but with Serial Mash, it's easy to plan your whole term's worth of Guided Reading lessons - every chapter of each book has comprehension, grammar and writing activities which are perfect for Guided Reading.

Home access is a key part of Serial Mash, providing all children, regardless of background, with a growing library of books they can read for pleasure away from school. Everyone at Serial Mash is committed to helping children have a love of reading and developing this key life skill.

We've also partnered with DK Learning to include 6 new full non-fiction books each term within Serial Mash - perfect for topic-based research lessons.

Serial Mash is easily added to Purple Mash accounts and is available as a 14-day free trial.