World Book Day

7th March 2024

World Book Day 2024 will be on 7th March. It’s a day when children of all ages come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure.  It aims to change lives through a love of books and shared reading.

The World Book Day charity is on a mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Why Reading?

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. The World Book Day charity wants to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.

Reading is also a great way to be kind to ourselves. It helps us to relax, be more creative and fuels our imaginations!

Did you know? World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. 


World Book Day Challenge

We are very excited to be teaming up with author and illustrator Jarvis to bring you a special World Book Day Challenge

Watch the video below – and send your completed entries to 

Kindness Books

Books are a great way to teach children about the importance of kindness and to encourage empathy through the power of story-telling. We have selected some of our favourites, suitable for a range of ages. 

Meet The Authors…

To celebrate World Book Day, we asked three of our favourite authors to share the inspiration behind their books with us.

You can find more free teaching resources here.


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