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World Book Day

Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 4th and with schools closed due to COVID-19 and families confined at home, books stimulate our minds and boost well-being. At Barnwell we think that books are more important than ever to stimulate minds and inspire hope.

It is a real shame that we can’t all be in school to celebrate this day together – but we have come up with some great ways in which we can engage students in a fun – yet remote way!

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Guess the Shelf Competition

Check the photographs by clicking the image above and use the attached Microsoft form to submit your answers.


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Barnwell's Masked Reader Competition

Can you guess which masked member of staff is behind the book? Check the photographs by clicking the image above and use the attached Microsoft form to submit your answers.



World Book Day Challenge Menu

We have created an exciting challenge menu as a way for you all to get involved in world book day using a variety of skills – you don’t always have to sit and read a book to show your appreciation for wonderful stories! Select tasks from the attached reading menu and celebrate your love of books through, art, design, cooking and lots more. It would be great to see photos of you all as you rise to these challenges! You can send these photos to any of your teachers! 

Other ways to get involved

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There are lots of other ways in which you can celebrate and enjoy WBD – click the image above to head over to the World Book Day website for more information as well as activities, shared stories, podcasts and lots more.

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£1 Book Tokens

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, distribute over 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland) every year on World Book Day.

The £1 book tokens can then be swapped for one of our exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books available from participating booksellers or used to get £1 off (€1.50 off in Ireland) any full price book or audiobook instead (as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland). The World Book Day £1 books are a gift from booksellers, who fully fund the cost of the £1 book token redemptions. The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB.

World Book Day book tokens will be valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. In 2021 participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last. Please contact your local bookseller to check if they are able to offer £1 off other titles. Read our full terms and conditions here.

I would like this to be central page for WBD with all of the challenges (Guess the Shelf and Masked Reader) as well as the Book Token scheme and accessible via this page.

Every student at Barnwell is entitled to a Book Token – these will be available from both libraries on Middle and Upper campus’ – Please contact either Emma Harbottle-Day (Middle Librarian) or Aileen Knowles (Upper Librarian) to claim your token.

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