Celebrate World Book Day with Hampshire Library Service

World Book Day 2017 is just around the corner and there are lots of ways for children of all ages to get involved and have fun celebrating all things book related with Hampshire Library Service

Feb 20 2017

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, explains: “World Book Day is celebrating its 20th year and your local library is organising a great mix of free crafts and activities including an online game tournament and a library trail to enjoy on Thursday 2 March - to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading.”

Along with children dressing up on the day as their favourite characters, Hampshire libraries have a host of activities they can enjoy after school, including Facebook Live storytimes and a social media competition. If you go to your local library in your World Book Day outfit, you can pick up one of their special stickers to wear with pride.

Councillor Gibson added: “We’ve also teamed up with talented storyteller Charlie Sanderson who has recorded extracts from popular books including Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, which will be released throughout the week on the Hampshire Libraries’ Facebook and Twitter pages.”

Budding readers can start their World Book Day celebrations early by claiming a book from ten brilliant titles for just £1, from 27 February to 26 March. All they need to do is get their book token from school and take it along to their local bookseller

The World Book Day website also has free and fun resources you can enjoy now – including writing advice, how to make your own books, how to make a Gruffalo Cake and hosting your own book-inspired quiz. Keep your eye on the Hampshire Libraries social media pages for some helpful booklists for Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 readers, which you will also be able to pick up in your local library.

You can share photos of your World Book Day by tweeting @hantslibraries and using #WorldBookDay20. However you celebrate World Book Day 2017, have a great time.