World Book Day: Ideas on how to celebrate virtually

Written by Lois Hilton

It has come that time of year where a WHOLE DAY is dedicated to books. What more could you want? You may not usually think much of this ‘celebration’, and especially, at the moment, when we can’t see each other. But why not use the day as an excuse to spend time with friends all about books? If you’re like me, you’ll take any excuse to talk about them! Here are some ideas on how you can spend the day virtually.

  1. 1. Read!

This is probably obvious but take time out of your day to read. This could be to finish a book you’ve been stuck on the last few months, to start a new book that’s awaiting you on your bookshelf, or just to carry on reading the book your currently on. They have released some special books this year to match the occasion, which can be found at this link: I’ve currently got Kill Joy by Holly Jackson sitting on mine, which I’m hoping to start soon (I’m currently reading her A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series). They’re all also very small and portable, as well as being only £1 or free if you have a World Book Day voucher, which is a bargain! These can be found in most supermarkets and are a great place to start if you’re new to reading and find big books overwhelming.

  1. 2. Have a night to chat and talk about books

Talking with friends about books is one of my favourite things to do: it’s great for suggestions of new reads as well as keeping in touch with others when we’re all at home. Arranging a call to talk about books as well as having a catch up gives you the opportunity to share your favourites as well as other’s preferences to books. Also, if you have the copy of a book that a friend wants to read, or the other way round, then you can arrange a book swap when it is safe to do so, saving both of you some money!

  1. 3. Arrange to read a book as a group

When talking about books, you may find that there is a particular book that you all want to read but never got round to it. If this is the case, you may decide to read it together: order the book or take it off your bookshelf and then arrange to read either a certain amount by a certain date, or -if you’re like me and read WAY too much- agree to both read the book and discuss it as you go along and after you have finished. This is good to do, especially when it comes to feelings on a book, and can help you to connect to a friend.

  1. 4. Celebrate it as a unit

If you’re part of a unit, you could always choose to have a virtual meeting on World Book Day. This could be to do just do as I have just suggested, or you could all bring your favourite book to the session and talk about it. There are lots of resources out there to help you with this, like who can balance the most books on their head or find a certain word in a book the quickest. This can really help to lift the spirits of those in lockdown, and all the opportunity to discuss things with others.

  1. 5. Order a badge!

I don’t know about you, but I get super excited when there’s the opportunity to add a badge to my blanket. This year, World Book Day have release two, which you can order off their website. Here is a link: If you are doing it as a unit, you may all decide to make a contribution so that you can remember the event in the future, amongst all the other badges you have earnt.

Here are my top tips! I hope you like them and find them useful. Don’t forget, you can share what you get up to with us on social media or write a blog and send it to us. Here is a link for more information:

Happy reading and World Book Day! I hope you have fun 😊

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