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World Book Day - 2018

Published on 10/02/18

Thursday the 1st March marks the 21st World Book Day -

This year we want to help encourage your pupils to engage with the day while showing you how you can make the most of your school website to support your activities on the day.

There is a growing body of evidence which illustrates the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational purposes as well as personal development. It suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment. Reading enjoyment has also been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status, and has positive, emotional and social consequences.

Strategies to improve reading for pleasure


Having access to resources and having books of their own has an impact on children’s attainment. There is a positive relationship between the estimated number of books in the home and attainment. Children who have books of their own enjoy reading more and read more frequently.


An important factor in developing reading for pleasure is choice; choice and interest are highly related.


Literacy targeted rewards, such as books or book vouchers have been found to be more effective in developing reading motivation than rewards that are unrelated to the activity.

Engaging Parents

Parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and fostering a love of reading; children are more likely to continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued.

Reading for pleasure is strongly influenced by relationships between teachers and children, and children and families

World Book Day - £1 Books

So, how can you use your school website to promote the day?

  • Create a news story publicising the day, talking about the activities you will be doing and stressing the importance of reading each day.
  • Create a page, containing advice and resources for parents, supporting them in encouraging pupils to read more at home. has resources to encourage reading all year round and ideas and activities for the day, no matter what age of pupils you have at your school.

  • Consider getting your pupils involved in the website, have them contribute to a pupil blog, create a day in the life diary or publish a book review for their peers.

How to enter

To enter, all you have to do is:

  • Participate in the day. There are many ways that you can do this, for example:
    • Dress up as your favourite book character
    • Draw your favourite book character
    • Write a book review
    • Write a short story
    • Hold an assembly
    • Hold a group reading session, where everyone takes a turn reading
  • Take photos of what your pupils do or the work they create
  • Create a photo album, news story or page on your school website and upload the images (Need help with this? If so contact our friendly support team on 03453 191039)
  • Complete this form to enter your school

Need inspiration?

See how Vaynor First School, Harlington Lower School and Stonebow Primary - showed their participation last year.


  • 1st- £30 Book Token for your chosen pupil
  • 2nd - £20 Book Token for your chosen pupil
  • 3rd - £10 Book Token for your chosen pupil


  • The opening date for entries is 12:00 GMT on Thursday the 1st March 2018.
  • Closing date for entries is 17:00 GMT Thursday 15th March 2018.
  • The winners will be picked by a panel of e4education staff by the 23rd March 2018 and the winners will be notified week beginning 26th March 2018.
  • Prizes will be sent by 30th March 2018 at the latest.
  • By entering, you are giving permission for e4education to publicise the school's name in a list of winners.
  • A list of winning schools will be published in a blog post on
  • All decisions are final

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