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Belo Children's Corner, Cameroon

It’s just one month to World Book Day!

In exactly one month’s time, on 2nd March, children and adults up and down the country will be celebrating World Book Day by fundraising for Book Aid International.

World Book Day is the UK’s annual celebration of children’s authors, illustrators, books and reading and we here at Book Aid International will be joining the celebrations!


World Book Day logo


20 reasons to celebrate children’s books

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of World Book Day! To help us celebrate this extra-special occasion, 20 top children’s authors, publishers and journalists will be blogging for us about why we should celebrate children’s books.

Keep an eye on our blog for posts from Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman, David Almond, Cressida Cowell and many more! We’ll be posting every week day between now and 2nd March so why not check in each day with your child or class?


SING COL Zigoti Children's Corner (19)


Resources to make your World Book Day go with a bang!

Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for us, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa. Last year they raised over £120,000 – enough to send 60,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read.

We hope that schools will join us on 2nd March in making 2017 the best World Book Day yet for readers across Africa and in the UK .

We have a whole host of brilliant resources for parents and teachers to make your World Book Day activities as fun –and easy – as possible:

Dress up guides

We’ve 28 costume guides available including 10 new ones for 2017. Characters include Harry Potter, Katniss Everdene and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This year’s costumes include many options which can be assembled for free in just a few minutes, using items you already have at home. Nine of the costumes this year also feature step-by-step videos and all of the costumes are no-sew, so 2017 will be the easiest year yet for parents to take part in World Book Day.

20 fab fundraising ideas

For this, the 20th year of World Book Day, we’ve come up with 20 fun ways you can fundraise for us. From a book swap to a digital detox or silly sports day, there are lots of great ideas to get you started.


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Classroom resources

We’ve also heaps of free downloadable maps, masks, games and presentations to bring our work to life and Africa into your classroom. Our films are also a great way for pupils to meet just a few of the people whose lives have been changed for the better by books.

We hope that you’ll be celebrating World Book Day too! If we can support your celebrations in any way, please contact worldbookday@bookaid.org. We’d also love to share your stories and photos on social media, so please do get in touch.

For our full World Book Day resources, take a look at the links below.