Wintry writing on World Book Day

This morning, I woke up with a very unusual impulse to come into work dressed as the Cat in the Hat. After a short moment of introspection, I realised that this could mean only one thing: IT’S WORLD BOOK DAY!

If you’re unfamiliar with World Book Day, then you’re in for a treat. As the name would suggest, this annual celebration is a reader’s favourite day of the year. Described on the World Book Day website as a “celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly)… reading,” the event is designed to encourage children to “explore the pleasures of books and reading”.

To help create this enthusiasm for literature, primary school teachers and students all over the country will be coming into school dressed as their favourite literary characters. Every year, there are always some really creative and standout costumes, whether it’s a grinning Little Miss Sunshine or a powerful Harry Potter zapping spells at the rest of the school. And it’s not just for the students either. Some of the best costumes come from the teaching staff. Our own resident primary teacher, Chris, once dressed up as Dumbledore! Who better to be taught by?

The main part of World Book Day is the free book tokens that are sent to primary school students across the UK and Ireland, which they can use to freely purchase one of ten special World Book Day books. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The crew at World Book Day offer all sorts of fun activities, from lesson plans to drawing sheets and word searches.

With that in mind, every teacher has their own way of celebrating World Book Day with their class. If you’ve ever seen any of our poetry and creative writing prompts, then you’d know one of our favourite ways to get students involved with literature is to get them writing some for themselves! For World Book Day, why not get your students playing around with imaginative language by asking them to write a story together? First, split your class into groups of three. Each group then has to write a story, based on the same theme. One member of the group has to write the beginning, one has to write the middle, and one has to write the end. And to make sure they’re stretching their vocabulary, you can even challenge them to use specific ambitious, tier 2 words that you think will fit the story.

To help you with this activity, check out this template, which you can share with your class. And be sure to share your World Book Day customs with us on Twitter!

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