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World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022
This year’s theme and message for all children:
You are a reader!

There are some great resources and ideas all over the internet. Schools up and down the country are joining in the fun.

These photo elements are taken from a FREE PDF available here – https://literacytrust.org.uk/about-us/world-book-day-national-literacy-trust/

There are also book lists, information on the Young Readers Programme and an online event you can sign up for (it’s during the school day) and lots more.

  • Promote reading to pupils in a fun and interactive way
  • Engage your pupils in reading activities
  • Showcase reading role models – giving pupils ‘permission’ to read
  • Give your class the chance to submit questions to the presenters and ask for shout-outs
  • Give you the chance to win great prizes for you and your class

You can find ideas on what to do at home with younger children here – https://wordsforlife.org.uk/ the site includes ideas for promoting reading & language development with fun activities for children up to the age of 12.

© Words for Life 2020

The annual £1.00 books can be found here – https://www.worldbookday.com/books/

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools and nurseries all over the country, distribute over 15 million £1/€1.50 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland) every year on World Book Day.

We also have exclusive titles for Wales and Ireland. 

World Book Day book tokens will be valid from Thursday 17 February – Sunday 27 March 2022.

© World Book Day 2022

Many schools promote World Book Day with a whole day of activities, often including dressing up as a book character. This can be a challenge for families for all sorts of reasons. The sites below offer some easy solutions.


mumsnet – this article includes 75 easy costume ideas!

Closer – DIY costume ideas (£), but also lots of video ideas and characters you can adapt (at no cost) plus some celebrity children dressed for World Book Day.

MadeforMums Last Minute costumes – 102 easy ideas!

© Schoolrun



WBD 2021

INKSPILL – Assisting you with Writing Projects: The Why Technique


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SATURDAY 26th October – DAY 2

AWF circleWe are currently focussing on Writing Historical Fiction – this is posted as an alternative for anyone who is not interested in the Historical Fiction Event – this doesn’t stop you from completing both if you choose.


Ink Well Alternative

Assisting you with your own writing projects. inkspill crit.

If you clicked this link it means that you are not interested in our first class on writing and researching Historical Fiction. The alternative is that you spend some time instead with your own writing projects.


If this project happens to be a work of fiction then you may find this Ink Well session useful.

We are looking at our creations, stories and characters. So find something you are currently writing and work through this post.




Jot the answers down in your notebook or as a blog post, don’t forget to post your link here in the comments.


Q. Ask yourself why are you writing this?

Write your answer and re-read it to gain another question from the answer.

Keep going until you reach a natural end.

Then go deeper, repeat this activity, this time the WHY question should refer to characters.

It is a good way to get to know your characters and keep your writing on the right track. It helps build a more solid picture of both what you’re writing and whom you’re writing about in your mind. Lots of this information will never see the light of day in your story. This exercise creates back story. However it is not a waste of time. It will help iron out weaknesses in your first draft.

Some writers’ use this method after they have finished their first draft to make sure they tighten up questions readers may have for characters motives, events in the plot etc.

You can also use the WHY technique to construct several different scenarios for how events pan out, this will allow you choice and you will find you don’t necessarily pick your first, often most obvious, idea.

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