World Book Day 2019

Celebrate Stories with World Book Day!

At HarperCollins Children’s Books, it is our mission to inspire a lifelong love of reading, and this year on the 7th March, we’ll be celebrating World Book Day with some of our most beloved characters! Read on for DIY World Book Day costume ideas, FREE children’s activities to download and share, an extract from Lauren Child’s World Book Day story, Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale and your chance to win some fabulous prizes in one of our competitions.

Share a Story: Read an extract of Lauren Child's Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale!

Did you know that you can get Lauren Child’s World Book Day book for free by using your £1 book token?

World Book Day Costumes

Are you looking to create the perfect World Book Day costume with your little one this half term? We have lots of really easy (and affordable) DIY costume ideas that’ll knock your teacher’s socks off! Take a look below…

If your little one is dressing up for World Book Day, your child can (optionally) donate £1 to dress up in aid of Book Aid International, who aim to give every child access to books no matter where they are in the world.

Listen to an audiobook extract of The Ice Monster!

The message behind this year’s World Book Day 2019 is ‘Share a Story’. Here’s a clip from the multi-million bestselling author David Walliams reading aloud from his epic new adventure, The Ice Monster.

Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference! Whether it’s an audiobook or a book your child is holding in their hands, reading is a wonderful experience to share with your little ones.

Download FREE World Book Day Activities!

Are you looking for some fun, free activities to whip up some excitement about World Book Day this year? If you are, download our activity sheets below! For more free activities and teaching resources, visit our Resources & Activities page.

Mini Rabbit Not Lost: New picturebook by John Bond

Mini Rabbit Not Lost Activity Sheets

 Download these fun activity sheets for ages 2-5 featuring the irrepressible Mini Rabbit, star of Not Lost by John Bond. Help Mini Rabbit find the berries in the maze, spot the differences when he’s baking with Mother Rabbit,… Read More
Tad by Benji Davies

Tad Activity Sheets

Download these fun activity sheets for ages 2-5 featuring Tad, the smallest tadpole in a big pond. Colour in Tad, spot the difference, learn about the life cycle of a frog and go out pond dipping with your family!… Read More
Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

Birthday Boy Activity Sheets

Download these fun activity sheets for ages 7-12 featuring the hilarious rollercoaster ride Birthday Boy by David Baddiel. Write debates, create stories, plan your own party, write diary entries and so MUCH MORE!… Read More
Paddington Bear Activity Pack

Paddington Bear World Book Day Activity Pack

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Rob Biddulph World Book Day

Meet World Book Day Illustrator, Rob Biddulph

Rob is an award-winning designer, and a full-time author and illustrator. By night he makes up silly stories for his three daughters, and draws pictures to go with them.
He lives and works in London, and his first book was the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize-winning Blown Away, starring Penguin Blue. Find out more about Rob’s amazing books at www.robbiddulph.com.

Lauren Child World Book Day

Meet UK Children's Laureate, Lauren Child

Lauren Child has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1999 and has published many bestselling and award-winning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award and sold millions of books around the world. Lauren is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2017-2019.

Why not enter one of our competitions?

Enter below for your chance to win a Fame Survival Kit with Holly Smale’s The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky, the Ultimate Time Travel Haul with Ross Welford’s The Dog Who Saved the World, or even a Heist Haul Worth £170 inspired by Tom Mitchell’s How To Rob a Bank!

The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky Competition

Win a Fame Survival Kit with The Valentines!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.   Get ready to meet the Valentines. Fame – it runs in the family!   Hope Valentine is 15 years old, part of the most famous family in the world, and desperate to become a famous actress just like her mother. Except real life isn’t… Read More
Win the Ultimate Time Travel Haul with Ross Welford's The Dog Who Saved the World

WIN the Ultimate Time Travel Haul Worth £200!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.   When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future. But when things go disastrously wrong, it’s up to Georgie and her beloved dog, Mr Mash, to save the… Read More
How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell

WIN! A Heist Haul Worth Over £170!

Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle… When fifteen-year-old Dylan burns down the house of the girl he’s trying to impress he thinks only a big gesture can make it… Read More