World Book Day

World Book Day

Our World Book Day workshops, activities, assemblies and author visits have been specially designed to help you and your pupils celebrate World Book Day 2020 by bringing your favourite books to life!

Whether you’re looking for a visit from the world's latest superhero (our very own Bookman), an opportunity to learn more about well-loved characters through drawing and illustration or some magical ways of inspiring pupils to tell their own tales, you’ll find something to suit you here! 

Last year we worked with over 15,000 children and young people from schools across the UK - and our workshops always sell out well in advance, so if you are interested please get in touch!

World Book Day school visits you can choose from are ...

World Book Day Assemblies

Assemblies are a great way, of course, of launching your World Book Day celebrations - and ours are guaranteed to create a buzz about reading! So while Bookman comes complete with his own assembly, we're happy to lead whole-school assemblies at the start of a day of any of our World Book Day workshops - and all at no extra cost!


A Celebration in Rhyme - New for World Book Day 2020!

Working with up to 420 children to create and perform a School Poem in just one day!

New for 2020, A celebration in Rhyme has been developed to help celebrate the stories your pupils love in verse - by writing and performing a collaborative School Poem in just a single day! After a quick assembly sharing our love of poetry and issuing the overall challenge, children will participate in collaborative writing workshops, usually for a year group at a time. Using our unique “RunAround” methodology, KS2 / P4 - P7 classes will choose the themes and content, creating the lines as they go - with EYFS and KS1 / P1 - P3 providing the chorus. And the outcome? A beautifully crafted poem extolling the wonder of stories that’s unique to your school - and that will get its very first performance at a second, celebratory assembly at the end of the day!

"The visit was amazing,  Jay (Bookman!) was a fabulous start to the day with his assembly, which really caught the kids' imagination. I had staff coming to tell me they were shocked when he burst forth from the cupboard and surprised the hall. He was brilliant - and I'm especially impressed that he managed to work with children ranging from reception to Year 6s and entertained them all. It's created a great buzz around the school about reading which is brilliant in the week of world book day." (Jeavons Wood Primary)

A Visit from Bookman - Character Visit

The world’s newest superhero, Bookman has the extraordinary power of bringing stories to life – and he'll fly into your school all set to help your pupils in doing the same. Armed just with his trusty Book Bag, he'll make an unexpected appearance at an assembly before leading classes through a series of exciting, engaging and enticing drama-based workshops (all differentiated for age). And the outcomes? Connection-making, Freeze-Frames and Talking Tableaux, illustrating key narrative moments from a host of well-loved stories!

"Thank you so much for the brilliant experience given to the children on Monday. Bookman was great with the children, they all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and the assembly in the morning. Having to be creative and use their imaginations reminded them about the enjoyment of reading." (Class Teacher, St Peter's Primary School)

"Thank you for sending 'bookman' to Thomson House on Friday.  He was a huge hit in assembly, particularly for the teachers who hadn't read the email about his arrival and had no idea what was going on! (Class Teacher, Thomson House School)

Paige Turner's Fiction Mission - Character Visit 

If the characters in our favourite stories only come to life when their tales are read, what would become of them if Mr Noah Magination got his way and had all books banned? Paige Turner is on a mission to save the fictional worlds that these characters live in and she’s going to need your pupils’ help. After introducing herself at a whole-school assembly, she’ll work with a number of classes, using age-differentiated drama approaches to bring some of their favourite characters to life, exploring what it is that makes them so wonderful and what we would stand to lose if we never had the chance to meet them in the first place. This is her only hope winning over Mr Magination and guaranteeing the survival of books and stories for future generations- and that hope lies in you!

"A massive thanks for the fantastic organisation of the event. Every member of staff I have spoken to only had really  positive things to say about Zoe and her workshops. The children were engaged and excited from the start and really promoted reading which was exactly what I wanted. Look forward to hopefully using as creatives again in the future!"


Scrambled Stories: The Return of Bookman/Paige Turner

Already enjoyed A Visit from Bookman or Paige Turner? Well, now you can now invite them back for 2020 with Scrambled Stories! … Your favourite book lover has a new problem this year – because their archenemy has managed to wreck some of the world’s best loved stories by changing tiny details. Imagine how dull the tale of Red Riding Hood would be if the Wolf had turned vegetarian - or how boring Jack and the Beanstalk would become if Jack didn’t get his hands on the magic beans! It’s up to your pupils to save the day, by inserting themselves into the stories and putting them back on track!


CSI: Bookmark 

The Book Review Competition at Little Podmore Library received record entries this year – but someone snuck in before judging was complete, and jumbled up all the entries! In a series of age-differentiated workshops, we’ll be asking your children to indulge in a frenzy of connection-making, using their knowledge of a range of well-loved tales to make sense of it all!

"Thank you for such a fantastic, creative and inspiring day. Every teacher gave me brilliant feedback and said how much the children enjoyed it.  My own class created some brilliant speech and thought bubbles inspired by bookman and one little boy who never writes wrote three sentences and came to find me to ask if he could write more!" (Hurst Green Infant School)

"The children and staff thought Bookman was brilliant and the children got a lot out of the visit. Organising a workshop for the whole school can sometimes be a little stressful but working with you and the rest of your team has been really easy and organised so thank you!" (Class Teacher, Shortstown Primary)


Author Visit - The Story of a Story - Where can you find a story seed and how do you help it to grow?

Join Sarah KilBride, author of the successful series Princess Evie’s Ponies, and follow the story of a story, from first sketches to publication. Sarah shares her notebooks and drafts, revealing where she finds her ideas and inspiration and introduces you to the team behind her books. Using a variety of drama and writing activities, join in the fun and embark on your very own story journey, creating the beginnings of a brand new adventure.


Poetry Workshop - Character Clerihews

Clerihews are four-line, fun and descriptive poems - and so a perfect vehicle for your pupils to recall what they know of characters from the stories they love and indulge in a little speculation - all while having fun with simile, metaphor and personification! We'll show them how this poetic form works, take them through a model or two, support them as they're creating their own verses - and even give tips on performance techniques!


Scenes from Shakespeare

Shakespeare was a superb storyteller - and his stories still survive unscathed today! These exciting workshops, though, take him back to his roots - by taking a dramatic approach to his work. Working with one of our professional drama specialists, pupils will get an actor’s-eye-view of one of his plays - and have a chance to taste the text too!

All of the workshops can be differentiated for age and require a minimum of 60 minutes (although we prefer longer) - preferably in a large space. You can choose from Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream - and we’ll leave you with a whole host of suggestions for follow-up writing activities!

"The workshop was absolutely fantastic! All students were  engaged and entertained and the Shakespeare workshop was suitable for all abilities which was wonderful!" (Class Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian School) 


The Story that Saved the Day

Although the many tales of soldiers’ lives being saved by books stopping bullets are almost certainly apocryphal, stories do have the power to Save the Day. From helping us identify with people like ourselves to unleashing our imaginations to roam in fantastical worlds, books and their authors really can change our lives for the better. Beginning with a whole-school assembly in which we share with your pupils a book that’s shaped our lives, The Story That Saved the Day leads into a series of workshops in which pupils consider and/or invent other transformative stories – and celebrate them through visual art.


Visual Arts - Fiction Fusion 

How does its cover make you want to open the book? Through exploring this question, children will create their own unique bookplates – each one representing a hybrid of two of their favourite works!


Jigsaw Stories

How well do pupils know well-loved tales? Having pieced together the key moments of given story in the correct order, small groups then dramatise scenes, culminating in a whole-class retelling of the tale.

"The children greatly enjoyed the Bookman visit and were keen to get involved with the workshops and role play activities. The workshops were really good at encouraging the children to work together and for many pupils it boosted their confidence to role play certain ideas. Lots of them had their imaginations sparked by the sessions.." (Class Teacher, Kenmore Park Primary)

"A massive thanks for the fantastic organisation of the event. Every member of staff I have spoken to only had really  positive things to say about Zoe and her workshops. The children were engaged and excited from the start and really promoted reading which was exactly what I wanted. Look forward to hopefully using as creatives again in the future!" (Teacher, Pinkwell Primary)


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