6 fun activities for World Book Day

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Celebrate World Book Day with these fun ideas for children of all ages – get a free book, join a reading group, raise money for charity and more!

Swap books

Share books you’ve read with other readers – young and old – through book swaps. Have everyone in a classroom or workplace bring in unwanted books, pile them together and let people take what they like. Alternatively, try an online book-swapping site and exchange books you've read for new stories, completely free.

Join a reading group

Getting together to talk about books isn’t just for adults – children have plenty to say about the books they read too! Encourage them to read more and to find new and interesting details in what they read by joining up with a free reading group such as Chatterbooks, led by The Reading Agency. Chatterbooks (for 8-11-year-olds) began in public libraries, but some schools now take part as well. Leaders get materials and ideas on how to make the group fun and engaging.

Watch The Biggest Book Show on Earth

Register at the World Book Day website to see authors and illustrators talking about your favourite books at live events, which you can stream online. Send in questions beforehand to ask the literary guests.

Get a free book

In honour of World Book Day, students are eligible to receive a free £1 Book Token that can buy one of eight specially-published World Book Day £1 Books, or be used towards the cost of other books at participating bookshops and book clubs. Last year over 1.2 million World Book Day book tokens were redeemed!

Listen to a story

One of the best things you can do on World Book Day is read a book! Have a special storytime at home and read your child’s favourite book together, or go online and listen to stories and watch book-related videos for children of all ages on the World Book Day website.

Dress up for charity

Why not turn your World Book Day celebrations into a chance to fundraise for a worthy cause? Book Aid International sends half a million books to community, public, school and academic libraries in sub-Saharan Africa every year. UK primary schoolers can help out by donating £1 or two when they dress up as their favourite book character, which helps children in Africa have access to those same books they love. Check out Book Aid International’s other fundraising ideas

Need some World Book Day costume ideas? Buy an outfit for your little Peter Pan or princess, or whip up a no-sew wonder this evening.