Our Top Five Learning Resources for World Book Day 2017

World Book Day is a fantastic initiative for any librarian or teacher who wants to enthuse children about reading for pleasure!

There are lots of ways for you to take part and mark the event, which takes place on 2 March 2017. Special resource packs (coming soon) for all school stages and for libraries provide lots of inspiring ideas and promotional materials to help you make your celebration a success. This year, there's a keen focus on schools working in partnership with libraries to increase membership and create strong links. You'll also find lots of fun videos from top children's authors on the World Book Day website, giving their top tips on story writing and illustrating.

Every year children across the UK are sent £1 book tokens, which they can exchange for a book on this list. World Book Day have great resources linked to all the books, and we've also got fantastic videos and activity packs related to five of the ten authors on the list. We hope these resources help you in your quest to spread the fun of reading on World Book Day and beyond!

Author David Almond with a teenage girl, looking at his notebook together
David Almond writing resources

To support our recent tour with Skellig author David Almond, we produced an activity pack for secondary schools to help pupils write creatively, regardless of their ability. Incorporating a variety of approaches, including one of our favourites from The Learning Spy blog, the pack is inspired by David's book Half a Creature from the Sea and also The Savage, which was illustrated by the incomparable Dave McKean. We have a separate pack inspired by My Name is Mina on the same page too!

You can also watch our Authors Live event with David, in which he speaks about his love of writing and his craft as a writer.

Authors Live event with Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files is on this year's list of £1 books, and you can introduce Henry's inimitable brand of anarchy to your pupils with our Authors Live event featuring Francesca Simon. We also have an activity pack, written by teacher Jennifer Buchan, to help you introduce the Horrid Henry books into your classroom or library.

You'll find all of our commissioned activity packs within our fully searchable resources section!

Author Jacqueline Wilson with a group of teenagers
Authors Live event with Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson's warmth and obvious passion for stories makes this event a must-watch. All of our previous Authors Live events are available in our Watch on Demand section - there are now over 50 events for all ages, featuring a wide range of authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators. Our next live event is with Children's Laureate Chris Riddell - it's happening this Thursday, so register to watch asap!

Picture Book Plays resource, inspired by Julia Donaldson

Drama is a highly effective and enjoyable way to develop children's skills in talk, but giving them responsibility for the practicalities of adapting a picture book for the stage can add many extra dimensions. Check out this video and guide from drama practitioner Pam Wardell, who explains how to adapt a picture book into a drama production. Using Donaldson's book Monkey Puzzle as an example, Pam explains how you can divide responsibility for props, music, costumes and more.

We also have some fantastic events with Julia in our Watch on Demand section, as well as activity packs for some of her best loved books.

Author David Walliams with event host Janice McKay
Authors Live event with David Walliams

David Walliams has become one of the country's best loved children's authors, and this event finds him at his hilarious best. As with all of our Authors Live events, there's also a learning resource inspired by Walliams' books to help you get the most out of the event.


If you're looking for more ideas to get children excited about books, check out our resource on creating a reading culture.

Cropped image of David Almond by Peter Sandground; Cropped image of Jacqueline Wilson by Rob McDougall; Cropped image of David Walliams by BBC Scotland.