World Book Day – 5 March

A red book with leaves fanning out like a sunrise, with the words 'World Book Day'

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St George's Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.

World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.

A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Resources

World Book Day
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. This website has information and teaching resources for World Book Day in the UK and Ireland.
Book Trust - Resources for schools

Educational resources to access online and download from the Book Trust website.

Books for All Scotland and Books for All Database

The Books for All project and database aims to support local authorities, teachers and other practitioners with the provision of adapted learning materials in accessible, alternative formats, for pupils who have difficulties reading ordinary printed books.

Graphic novels

Resource from Education Scotland aimed at supporting staff in developing their knowledge of the comic/graphic novel medium and understanding its full potential for classrooms and leisure reading. It includes: tips on how to get started with a graphic novel collection; a helpful list of recommended for schools; practical ideas on how to use graphic novels with pupils; and further reading material and links to other useful websites.

Words for Life

Website to promote the benefits of reading at all stages of life, to provide opportunities, health, family happiness and overall enjoyment. There are different sections of the site for young children, teenagers, families and adults. The site resulted from the 2008 National Year of Reading and is run by the National Literacy Trust.

Resource calendar

Links to resources to support learning related to celebrations, awareness days and action weeks throughout the year.

More from Education Scotland

Related case studies from across Scotland.