World Book Day 2019: Thursday 5th March

As a school, World Book Day is one of the highlights in our school calendar. This year we will be celebrating the annual event on Thursday 5thMarch and we would like to invite you to join us in helping your child to make the most of this special occasion.

World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children. To help get them started on their reading journey, every child receives a £1 World Book Day book token that can either be exchanged for one of 10 special £1 World Book Day books (this year these include authors Matt Haig, Dave Pilkey, Robin Stevens and Anthony Horowitz) or used to get £1 of any book costing £2.99 or more. You can find out more about the books at

Your child will be given their token on World Book Day and can be redeemed at most UK bookshops. All major supermarkets – Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, most large bookshop chains – WH Smith, Waterstones, Eason etc and many independent booksellers are participating. 

Nurseries, schools and libraries across the UK celebrate World Book Day with a huge range of events and activities. Here’s what we will be doing in school on Thursday 5th March:

  • Dressing up! Each pupil is invited to dress up as their favourite fictional book character for the day. A suggested donation of £2 will be sent to Book Aid International. Every year they send up to one million brand new books to Africa so that children and young people can discover the joy of reading.  For every £2 donated, they can send a new children’s book to a library or a school in Africa.
  • Prizes for best dressed characters in each class/year group.
  • Reading themed lessons.
  • Mini competitions: guess the teacher reading the book
  • Big Book Swap – pupils can bring in any book from home swap it from any other book for free!

You can join us in building your child’s enthusiasm for books well beyond World Book Day by reading together regularly and joining your local library if you are not yet members. Children are never too young to start their journey with books, and the benefits of reading are enormous so we hope, like us, you will use World Book Day to celebrate it with your child. I can’t wait to see which characters our pupils dress up as this year!