World Book Day (Thursday 3 March) is looming large on the 2016 calendar, and children’s authors all over the country are filling their diaries with lovely schools to visit. An author visit can spark bookish enthusiasm in primary school pupils and launch hitherto reluctant readers on a quest for their next fiction fix. If your school has not yet organized its activities for that week, then now is probably a good time. If you leave it until mid-February then it will be nigh impossible to book any author.
The World Book Day website contains all sorts of useful information about this year’s featured books and how to organize World Book Day activities. On 22 February 2016 there is going to be a bumper book quiz extravaganza – a Guiness world record attempt for the most people participating in simultaneous book quizzes!
Here is my itinerary for the coming weeks. As you can see, I am still available in mid-March for author visits and Able Writers Days. And in mid-April I am planning a series of school events for KS1 and EYFS to celebrate the launch of a new picture book ALL ABOARD FOR THE BOBO ROAD, beautifully illustrated by Christopher Corr.
|Date||School||Location||Nature of visit|
|3 February 2016||Westbridge Primary||Battersea||Creative writing tutorial|
|8-9 February 2016||The Mill Primary Academy||Crawley||Able Writers Days|
|10 February 2016||Westbridge Primary||Battersea||Creative writing tutorial|
|11 February 2016||St Martin's C of E Primary School||Brighton||Able Writers Day|
|22 February 2016||Westbridge Primary||Battersea||Creative writing tutorial|
|23-24 February 2016||Queen Eleanor's Junior School||Guildford||Able Writers Days|
|26 February 2016||Westbridge Primary||Battersea||Creative writing tutorial|
|29 February 2016||Headington School||Oxford||World Book Day sessions|
|3 March 2016||Brickhouse Primary School||Birmingham||World Book Day sessions|
|4 March 2016||Anglesey Primary School||Birmingham||World Book Day sessions|
|8 March 2016||Henwick Primary School||Eltham||Able Writers Day|
|21-25 March 2016||International Schools||Bangladesh||Author Visit|
|14 April 2016||Macaulay School||Lambeth||BOBO ROAD launch|
|19 April 2016||Alveston Primary School||Stratford-on-Avon||Author Visit|
Ideas for World Book Day 2016 costumes
My daughters’ school (along with thousands of others around the country) encourages children to come into school on World Book Day dressed as one of their favourite children’s book characters. Here are some suggestions for World Book Day 2016 costumes:
- an enormous cardboard nose (Barry Loser)
- a scary scull mask (Skull from THE DREAMSNATCHER)
- a big pile of (fake?) books (The Incredible Book Eating Boy)
- little horns on a hidden headband (Jinx from the wonderful D’EVIL DIARIES)
- a pantomime unicorn costume (I Believe in Unicorns)
- any one of a hundred fantastic Japanese monsters from Jason Rohan’s SWORD OF KUROMORI and sequels
Or perhaps you could take inspiration from one of these prize-winning costumes at Mudeford Junior School in Dorset. My personal favourites are the Demon Dentist (back right) and the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, complete with enormous pocket watch.
If you have a good idea for a World Book Day 2016 activity or costume, please do share it in the comments below!