World Book Day

Step into a magical world of make-believe on World Book Day (7 March) with our lively collection of teaching resources.

World Book Day is an opportunity to bring witches, dragons, adventures and faraway lands into your classroom and to inspire your pupils to create their own. Light up their imaginations and introduce them to a range of authors from Julia Donaldson to Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo with these lesson plans and activities shared by teachers, for teachers.

World Book Day

TES will be interviewing authors Malorie Blackman, Simon Mayo and Tony Robinson in the run-up to World Book Day 2013. To find out how you can watch the live webchats?site=aus and send in any questions, visit World Book Day on TES Live

Julia Donaldson

TES Julia Donaldson Collection

  • A fantastic collection of resources based on Julia Donaldson.

Roald Dahl

TES Roald Dahl Collection

  • Try this fabulous collection of resources based on Roald Dahl.

Cressida Cowell

Dragonese Day Resource Pack

  • A fantastic resource pack to be used when learning about Vikings, speaking Dragonese and reading the hilarious How to Train Your Dragon books.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

  • Teachers TV video in which Michael Rosen talks to Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson.

Derek Landy

Fantasy Worlds

  • A two week fantasy world unit that could be extended and used with the session plan for drama.

Register for ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’

  • Watch and stream webchats?site=aus with WBD authors.

Primary Authors

Eoin Colfer- Artemis Fowl

  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension questions based on the book by Eoin Colfer.

Steve Cole - Astrosaurs and Cows in Action

  • Activities based on the books by Steve Cole.

Key stage 1

The Three Little Pigs - build one of the scenes from the story, adding characters, props, dialogue and captions.

  • Interactive activity for creating scenes from The Three Little Pigs.

Storybook characters

  • Simple storybook characters to be used as an aid to story telling.

Key stage 2

Butterfly Lion - sets of questions to test comprehension, related to each chapter

  • A set of comprehension questions related to chapters of the Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

Kensuke’s Kingdom

  • SoW and booklet to help you teach Kensuke’s Kingdom.

Creative writing: worksheets and templates to support children in creating characters and stories

  • Resources for all ages to create brand new characters and stories

Key stage 3

Book review - a graphic writing map

  • An excellent guide to producing an engaging and informative book review.

World Book Day discussion of books

  • A PowerPoint presentation on the history and importance of books.

Key stage 4

A Reading List for Teenagers

  • There’s sure to be something for even the most reluctant of readers with this comprehensive reading list aimed at teenagers.

BBC Class Clip Video: Exploring the Character of Sherlock Holmes

  • Watch a scene from Steven Moffat’s BBC adaptation and explore the character of Sherlock.

Key stage 5

Aspects of Narrative: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • This resource forms part of the TES English collection on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and includes chapter-by-chapter activities.

Official WBD resources

World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books, reading, authors and illustrators of its kind. Find out how you can get involved at to make 7 March 2013 the biggest and best World Book Day yet.

World Book Day 2013 Nursery Resources

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