World Book Day – Online Author Events

19 February, 2021

In our BC (Before Covid) days, World Book Day would quite possibly have meant an author visit. While in-school events won’t be happening this year, there are lots of online events planned across the whole of World Book Day week – and many of them are free. So, whether you want to focus on one particular author or would like to use this opportunity to introduce pupils to a range of different writers, use our schedule to help you plan.

Monday 1st March

  • Puffin Live Virtual Visits: Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of How to Change the World. Free but registration required. Sign up by Thursday 25th to submit a question. (Suitable for KS1.)
  • Bournville Bookfest: Poetry with Michael Rosen and Benjamin Zephaniah. Free. Teacher resources also available.  (Suitable for KS2.)
  • Bournville Bookfest: Drawing Dobbie with award-winning picture book creator Jonny Duddle. Free. (Suitable for KS1 and KS2.)
  • Authors Live: Holly Bourne discusses her latest novel, The Places I’ve Cried in Public and the issues it raises around mental health, relationships and feminism. Free but registration is required. (Suitable for KS3 and KS4.)
  • The Really Big Pants Theatre Company have produced three online shows that can be used to celebrate World Book Day. The price for each show is per school so you can play them to different classes at different times during World Book Day week. Teacher resources also available.
    • The Really Big Love Book Day Play is a 20-minute show to encourage young children to pick up a book. Cost £30. (Suitable for EYFS and KS1.)
    • Suddenly is a fast, fun storytelling quest twisting traditional tales. Cost £60. (Suitable for KS1 and KS2.)
    • Wonky tackles bullying and helps children celebrate their differences. Cost £60. (Suitable for KS1 and KS2.)
  • Authors Aloud UK Awesome Authorfest: Live draw-along with Tony de Saulles, illustrator of the Horrible Science books and the author/illustrator of the Bee Boy series. Registration is required, places are limited, and the cost to schools is £150. (Suitable for KS2.)

Tuesday 2nd March

Wednesday 3rd March

Thursday 4th March

Friday 5th March

If you still can’t find the right event for you, head over to our Access to Authors in Lockdown blog to see a selection of online events from last year’s literature festivals, author websites, and more.

Happy World Book Day 2021!

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