If spending the whole of last night frantically painting Where’s Wally stripes on t-shirts, scouring the shops for Harry Potter specs and and digging around in the loft for that old witch’s hat from last Halloween so your child didn’t have a mini meltdown this morning wasn’t enough, here are a few other things going on to celebrate World Book Day on 4th March.
An annual celebration of authors, illustrators and, of course, a love of reading, World Book Day is a worldwide UNESCO celebration and has been a much-loved event in the UK since 1997. Traditionally, children receive book vouchers to spend on new books as well as celebrating by dressing up as their favourite characters at school or public events. This year, however, while dressing up at home is still very much encouraged, there are some new ways to celebrate World Book Day – including a series of virtual events.
Treat your little one to a personalised tale
Why not add a little personalised touch to celebrate World Book Day this year and give your little one a personalised story book. Online greetings card favourite Papier has it’s very own children’s book, All The Things I Wish For You, written by renowned children’s picture-book author Mark Sperring and colourfully illustrated by US artist Allison Black. The book tells a tale of magic and adventure, and can be personalised with your child’s name and other details on the front and throughout, with each page including at least one tailored touch.
Suitable for children up to five years, from £20.99.
Make screen time smart
Educational kids’ TV app Hopster has an entertaining and educational Book Boat section – allowing families to enjoy a range of much-loved children’s picture books as e-books and audio. The different formats allow little ones to discover their favourite characters on a whole new multi-sensory level, with additional stories being added monthly. The app is designed for children six years and under. Books released to the app include The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr and Paddington by Michael Bond.
£3.99 per month.
Join a virtual World Book Day event
This year, World Book Day is going virtual. Tune in to interactive chats, Q&As and read-alongs as World Book Day share a series of live events on their official YouTube channel. Kicking things off on Wednesday 3rd March at 10:30am is Books That Make You Lol, hosted by Kenny Baraka. On Thursday 4th March Nigel Clarke is joined by Tom Fletcher, Lydia Monks, Fiona Lumbers and Joseph Coelho for a the Words and Pictures: Bringing Reading to Life event. The final chapter in the Share a Story Live series is for bigger kids aged nine and above, and sees Sita Brahmachari, Jess French and Katherine Rundell discuss Books and the Read World, hosted by Jessie French.
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