World Book Day

Celebrate Stories with World Book Day!

At HarperCollins Children’s Books, it is our mission to inspire a lifelong love of reading, and next year on the 5th 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, and a first look at our 2020 World Book Day story, Bing’s Splashy Story. PLUS, your chance to win some fabulous prizes in one of our competitions!

First look at Bing's Splashy Story!

Adapted specially for television from the original books by Ted Dewan, Bing celebrates the joyful, messy reality of pre-school life and finds the big stories in the little moments.

Bing is one of the top rated pre-school shows on CBeebies and is hugely popular with children and parents. Produced by Acamar Films, with Dublin-based Studio Brown Bag Films, Bing has won the International Emmy for Best Children’s Programme, the Writer’s Guild Award for best writing in a children’s programme, and a BAFTA nomination for best children’s programme.

World Book Day
World Book Day

World Book Day Costumes

Are you looking for ideas for next year’s World Book Day costume? 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 Beast of Buckingham Palace!

The message behind World Book Day 2020 is ‘Share a Story’. Here’s a clip from the multi-million bestselling author David Walliams reading aloud from The Beast of Buckingham Palace, his most epic adventure yet!

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 next 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