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Share a live story this World Book Day

02/03/2021

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Watch these special FREE digital events, live or on the World Book Day YouTube channel, with authors including Jonny Duddle, Joseph Coelho and Katherine Rundell!fish

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World Book Day resources

21/02/2021

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Schools and families are preparing to celebrate this year's World Book Day, Thursday 4th March, at home as well as at school, with many using digital tokens to buy their World Book Day books and online activities.fish

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World Book Day & BBC online activities

21/02/2021

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This year's World Book Day looks to be a very different one for schools and families. Online resources will include a live lesson from the BBC on 4th March at 11.30am, to celebrate books and reading, and online masterclasses on the World Book Day website.fish

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Virtual Bookshow

21/02/2021

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ReadingZone has created a half hour Bookshow that you can share with children at home for World Book Day, with authors including Pamela Butchart, Sam Sedgman, Hannah Gold, Cat Weldon and Ross Welford talking about their books and creative writing.fish

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Design a book token for World Book Day

21/02/2021

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Teachers, children and your school could win hundreds of pounds worth of books with the National Book Tokens Design a Book Token competition. Closing date is 2nd April.
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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021

21/02/2021

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We're challenging children and young people aged 4-18 years to create a picture book on or around World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021! Author and illustrator Mini Grey (The Last Wolf, Traction Man) will judge this year's competition! fish

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Calling budding writers!

21/02/2021

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is now open! The competition is open to those aged under 19 years, and you will need to complete a story started by last year's Branford Boase winner, Liz Hyder.
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Smash a world record on World Book Day!

18/02/2021

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Children are being encouraged to have a go at breaking a book-themed world record this World Book Day, as children's author and teacher Jenny Pearson sets about breaking a record with her class.fish

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Book of the week

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ONE LITTLE BIRD, a gorgeous picture book by SHERYL WEBSTER and illustrator HELEN SHOESMITH, provides a valuable lesson on working together to solve a problem and a wonderful environmental reminder of our role in looking after the planet.

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