Primary schools usually tie in with World Book Day in some way, and most distribute the £1 book tokens. There may be other special events happening, such as book fairs, or a visits from famous authors or local writers - they may read to the children or hold a special book signing event.
Many schools encourage pupils to mark the event by dressing up as a favourite book character, usually afirm favourite with kids! We have stacks of easy (and purse-friendly) ideas on our dressing up page - many are donated by other mums and fortunately aren't too labour-intensive!
Registered schools will receive a World Book Day pack in advance of the day so they'll have plenty of interesting activities and competitions lined up for your child.
Check out your local bookstore and library, which may also be holding special events for World Book Day. If your child isn't yet at primary school they can still take part - pre-school nurseries and day care establishments can also grab a piece of the action by registering on the World Book Day website, and there are lots of ways you can get into the spirit of the event at home.
The World Book Day website has a great selection of games and downloads featuring favourite book characters, such as The Gruffalo, Angelina Ballerina, Mr Gum and Wimpy Kid. There are also lots of educational resources you can download too, featuring activities such as wordsearches and crosswords, and designed for preschool and primary school aged children.
You can find more ideas for encouraging reading, literacy and an interest in books on Netmums, including:
Our members have come up with some brilliant World Book Day costumes over the years. We have hundreds of costumes in our photo gallery. Take a look through and find ideas and inspiration and why not come back and add your own.
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