World Book Day 2019. Picture book recommendations and dress up fun.

World Book Day is a day to celebrate reading. This day has been one I have been supporting for many years as a teacher and now I have two daughters who enjoy World Book Day too.

The day reaches 15 million children and young people with the special £1 book tokens sent to over 45, 000 learning settings in the UK and Ireland. This year the special publications that can be bought with the £1 book token are shown below. Alternatively, you can use the voucher at your local bookseller to get £1 off a full price book or audio book.

Whether you dress up, dress down,  or wear pyjamas, the day is a great reason to talk about and share more books. World Book Day’s campaign Share a Story encourages parents and carers to read and share stories ten minutes each day.


You will know that I am a huge advocate of sharing books with children, enjoying those snuggly reading times and having fun reading aloud. I share many books with you all and I am about to share some more recommendations that you may like to seek out. I’ve also shared some costume ideas should your little ones be dressing up for the day. My daughters school have decided not to make it a fancy dress day but my eldest is keen to dress up at home for it.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.

Ada Twist is a truly inquisitive young scientist in the making. She’s intrigued by a smell which sparks investigations and experiments. Written in rhyme with fun illustrations this is a brilliant book. I’ve previously reviewed this book in detail and you can find it here.

Little People, Big Dreams Stephen Hawking by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Matt Hunt.


Stephen Hawking is some of the first men represented in the series of Little People Big Dreams books. These factual books are fantastic for young readers to learn about aspiring individuals. Children can discover more about Stephen Hawking from a young age. It informs readers of the rare disease which Stephen Hawking had and the determination he had to find out things he was passionate about. As with all the books in the series, the final pages display a timeline with real life photographs of Stephen Hawking as well as suggestions of other books that could be further explored. I adore the illustrations through out the book.

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton.

Erin is rather intrigued by the legend of the Black Rock. She’s heard so much about this dark, rater prickly looking rock but is it all true? Erin is confident, and curious, fair and mindful of nature and a brilliant leading character for young readers to aspire to. The book is a fantastic read exploring the wonderful natural world around us.

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers and illustrated by Lauren Child.


I have fond memories of discovering Mary Poppins when I was a child. This latest gift edition of Mary Poppins is absolutely brilliant which has been illustrated by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. Mary Poppins looks after Jane and Michael Banks but their lives change magically as she is no ordinary nanny. First published in 1964, Mary Poppins still proves to amaze readers and film goers everywhere.

Little Guides to Great Lives Frida Kahlo by Isabel Thomas and Marianna Madriz.

img_3399Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who also experienced many heath problems. She was motivated and enjoyed creating portraits and completed over 50 of them. The Little Guides to Great Lives series is a brilliant one for readers who are 7 years and up as the text is more detailed but still very engaging with illustrations shared throughout. This would be a brilliant series of books to have in a learning setting. The books are small in size making it a great book to also take along when travelling with young readers.

I hope you have a fantastic World Book Day and your homes and learning settings are filled with happy reading time.

Do share photos of your day with me across social media I would love to see. If you would like to find out more information about World Book Day or have access to free printables do have a look at the World Book Day website.

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