‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
This quote from Dr Seuss sums up the power reading has on people of all ages, unlocking their imagination and allowing you to travel anywhere and be anyone.
Each year, to encourage and celebrate reading, schools celebrate World Book Day, where children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters – and there’s historically been some good efforts – and exchange tokens for free books.
When is World Book Day 2021?
When is World Book Day?
In 2021, its 24th year, World Book Day will land on March 4.
The page-turning event is always held around on the first Thursday of March in the UK.
World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries around the world, however, some celebrate it on a different date.
Will Covid affect World Book Day 2021? What will happen this year?
With uncertainty about when children will return to school, World Book Day will still go ahead – but you might have to plan a costume that can stand out on Zoom.
The true purpose of the day – a celebration of books and imagination – will remain untouched.
The charity, along with National Book Tokens Ltd, plan to deliver over 15 million £1 book tokens to children across the country – aiming for one for nearly every child under the age of 18 in the country.
These £1 book tokens can be exchanged for a range of limited edition books written for the day, or used towards the cost of a full-price book.
The 2021 range includes The River Whale (Sita Brahmchari), Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa (Humza Arshad and Henry White), and Skysteppers (Katherine Rundell).
As per the World Book Day website, a selection of free audiobooks will launch on February 18.
They also provide resources on their website for schools of all levels and nurseries.
From assembly ideas to colouring sheets, to show and tell cards and lists of recommended books, there are hundreds of World Book Day resources to peruse for free.
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