Page-Turning Fun: World Book Day Activities

16 Apr 2024

On the 23rd of April, young readers are invited to celebrate World Book Day! Created in honour of Shakespeare’s literary life, World Book Day encourages children to learn and love reading as an invaluable skill. Words form an important part of our everyday lives from reading a recipe to filling out a form, but in just a few sentences, books can transport readers to another place or time like no other form of fun. Here are some adventure-filled activities, perfect for inspiring little ones to turn the page.

Read your favourite book as your favourite character!

Learning to love reading can start with a spark, a connection to a specific story or character that makes a child feel seen, excited, or relaxed. Make reading a special occasion by playing dress-up as you and your little one’s favourite characters to make that next chapter even more engaging. No extra costumes are required, household items and imagination make this activity accessible to all.

As a bonus activity, play a short game of 10 questions, putting your child in the ‘hot seat’ as their favourite character both testing their knowledge of the book and challenging them to use their creativity to strengthen their comprehension skills.

This year's World Book Day theme is 'Read Your Way', which we love. Reading doesn't have to always be sitting still reading a novel, because there are so many ways to engage with stories! The following resources are fun filled activities to keep the little ones loving storytime and getting their imaginations running wild. 

World Book Day Word Search (Primary)

World Book Day Word Search

World Book Day Word Search

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World Book Day Word Search (Secondary)

World Book Day Word Search

World Book Day Word Search

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Please note the answers to the word searches are on page 2 of the downloadable, no peeking! 

Get Dramatic!

Make Shakespeare your own by recreating one of his iconic scenes. (See activity 5) 

Read and Reflect

Read the little one's favourite book and get them to write a book review! Find the downloadable resource here.

Let Creativity Flow

Get colouring in, or make a fancy hat with this year's Children's Laureate, Sally Rippin! Access them here

We hope these resources are helpful for you, and that they bring some of the magic of reading to the young ones!