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World Book Day 2021

Feb. 25, 2021

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

As World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck, recalls “We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.”

On 4th March 2021, children of all ages will come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure. The World Book day website has an amazing hub for schools and nurseries, they have put ideas for world books day 2021 as well as resources for celebrating reading for pleasure all year round in one handy place.

Purple Mash

To celebrate World Book Day this year we are running a writing competition for children to contribute to a Book of Hope. All winning entries will be compiled into a book that will be placed within Purple Mash and Serial Mash. Children can choose to write a paragraph about Hope, a poem or a letter. The competition will run from March 1st – April 2nd and details about how to enter can be found here. Children can use this template to enter the competition.

As well as taking part in the competition, we have collated a range of resources that can be used on World Book Day. Children could write a fact profile about Michael Rosen, write a review of a book they have read, or use a paint project, for example designing a house from the three little pigs.

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Serial Mash

Serial Mash is an add-on to Purple Mash and has a library of over 100 books with 18 new books added each year. Winning entries to our Book of Hope competition will be made into a book that will feature in Serial Mash. There are many features in Serial Mash to celebrate and ignite a pleasure for reading:

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  • You can enjoy any book from the library on a tablet, computer, together on a smart screen or set for home reading.
  • It comes with free home access, making it a brilliant way to make more books available to children at home. The exciting 'Fire Bolt' series is included specifically to give less confident readers the chance to read for pleasure.
  • Functionality to support a range of learners such as zoom, background colour, text size, font options and print.
  • Save hundreds of pounds replacing worn out and lost books each year.
  • Filled with illustrations and animations, the books are brought to life.
  • In-built definitions grow children's vocabulary and confidence with reading.
  • Each chapter comes complete with a range of online and printable comprehension and spelling and grammar exercises, perfect to use in Guided Reading sessions in class.
  • The themed books are perfect for supporting a current topic in the classroom.

You can also watch our preparing for World book day webinar which provides provides advice on how you can use resources on Purple Mash and Serial Mash to help prepare for World Book Day 2021. This webinar also looks at the exciting updates to Serial Mash, including the all new interface design and interactive features.

Dot Com Digital

The free area of Dot Com Digital now includes Dot’s Story time, these are complementary resources that can be used in the next couple of weeks either before schools return or when back in school as part of your PHSE lessons.

We have included three stories in video format read by Sharon Doughty - the creator of the original Dot Com programme. Additionally, there are PDF transcripts of each one at the bottom of the page. These aren't aimed at a particular year group; however, we do suggest you view them before sharing them with the children. Each story contains discussion points and an associated task for children to do if they wish.

These stories have been created to help address themes that might be impacting on children at this current time and look at: Change, feeling angry and Feeling Special.

You can find the videos and transcripts within the Teacher Area of Dot Com Digital.

We are looking forward to receiving your entries to our Book of Hope Competition and whatever you do for #WorldBookDay we would love to see your work, so please share either on our Twitter or Facebook pages.