World Book Day March 2021

Event Date: 04.03.2021

World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

It’s that time of year again where we are getting ready for World Book Day. The event itself will take place on Thursday 4th March. It will be a bit different to previous years as unfortunately parents and many children are unable to attend the actual day.

However, please do not feel disheartened as you are still able to play a big part in the lead up to World Book Day. This year’s theme is ‘Share A Story’ and in sharing a story we would like you and your family to read a story for your child’s class.

Here is what you need to do: over the next few days, encourage your child/children to choose their favourite stories and then between you, perform the story for up to 5 minutes long. This could be in the form of reading the story whilst each person takes a part by reading their lines or you could even dramatise the story with puppets. How you choose to perform the story is entirely up to you.

If you do not want to record a story, you can send a photograph of your child reading their favourite book, with their favourite teddy or pet, wearing their PJ’s or best outfit and having lots of fun. They could even dress up as a book character! Please remember, it does not need to be perfect and should be a fun and enjoyable process rather than a chore for you and your child.

Send the video or photo to your class teacher who will then share it with the other children. You can send this on Purple Mash by email or post it to your child’s Purple Mash class blog. Please visit the link below for help on how to share work on Purple Mash.

Younger children can share these on Tapestry. You can decide how much your child takes a lead in the story depending on their age and ability.

All children who take part in our challenge will receive a free book when they return to school next week. Bradford Stories have kindly funded this prize and would love to see you enjoying your new book. Please see the poster below for more details.

In addition to this you can also get involved with other World Book activities. One example on the World Book Day website ( is encouraging your child to become involved in the ‘Sharing a Story Reading Star game’. The instructions are on the website and a certificate can be downloaded as and when they have achieved all the stars. They do not have to complete this by World Book Day and can be completed at their own pace.

We look forward to sharing your stories and photographs in class!