World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading and each year children of all ages come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure.  Whilst this year’s World Book Day might look a little different from previous years, our World Book Day celebrations will continue, sharing a love of reading with you at home or in school via our online channels. 

This year, World Book Day takes place on Thursday 4th March 2021 and as well as a full programme of special events planned for the day itself, we also have a range of exciting events and opportunities in the lead up to the day.

All of our events will be delivered online, some events are aimed at families, whilst others are planned for schools or those home-learning.  Many of our events are free and low cost so please check the details for each listing. 

If you are taking part in one of our events don’t forget to share your feedback, photos and inspiration with us via social media using the hashtag #WorldBookDay7S and tagging us in @7Stories – we love to hear from you! 

Children (and adults!) are welcome to wear World Book Day costumes to our events but if you do not have costumes to hand or have not had the time to buy or make one this year, please do not feel obliged to do so.

We hope you can join us this year and from everybody at Seven Stories – a very Happy World Book Day!

For Families and Schools

Luna Loves World Book Day by Joseph Coelho: exclusive World Book Day reading

Available to watch Friday 19th February – Friday 5th March

Free (available to view on our website or via our YouTube channel)

To kick-start our 2021 Day celebrations, we opened on Friday 19th February with a World Book Day exclusive in partnership with Andersen Press – a reading of Luna Loves World Book Day by author Joseph Coelho.  Delivered as part of our weekly lockdown story times aired on Facebook at 10am on Fridays, the reading is available on catch-up via our website or YouTube channel until Friday 5th March. 

For Families

Handsome & The Beast from Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

Saturday 27 February, 10am 

£3 per household 

We warmly welcome Little Supernovas & Onceupona back to Seven Stories as they present a special story performance of Handsome & The Beast, inspired by Gender Swapped Fairy Tales a recently-published book by  Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett that shines a light on the gender stereotypes woven into the stories we've been telling our children for generations.  Intrigued?  Check out the trailer video here and don’t forget to book your tickets via our website.

For Schools (Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2)

Authors into Schools Hunting Spaghetti with Morag Hood

Thursday 25th February 2021, 11am & 1.30pm

Participating schools are asked to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Morag Hood joins us at Seven Stories to introduce her newest book, Spaghetti Hunters.  With storytelling and a special interactive draw-along, this will be an afternoon of fun, so be sure to bring your pencils and pens!  Book now.

For Schools (Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6)

Authors into Schools: Ten Tremendous Tales with Liz Pichon!

Friday 26th February 2021, 11am & 1.30pm

Participating schools are asked to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 

Join Liz Pichon as she celebrates Tom Gates’ 10th Birthday! Tom Gates has been a beloved series for 10 years, and Liz is here to show you how to doodle in the same way. You’ll also get a chance to hear one of the stories from her newest book, Ten Tremendous Tales!  Book now.

For Families, EYFS and KS1

Move and Make on World Book Day!

Thursday 4 March, 10am 

Free (tickets/registration must be booked in advance)

Move & Make! is back for a special World Book Day edition!  Designed especially for the under 5s, Move & Make! sessions are packed full with singalong songs, amazing movement, craftacular play and our signature Seven Stories Story Time. Each session introduces a new book, a new set of craft activities and new moves and shapes to keep little minds and bodies active during lockdown. We’re keeping the story we’ve chosen for World Book Day a surprise until the day itself but we promise it’ll be a fun family favourite you’ll all enjoy. 

Registration is FREE and open to schools and families anywhere.

To register your school, click here. We will be in touch with all the details you will need ahead of your event. 

If you are a parent and would like to register for this event we recommend that you get in touch with your child's teacher so that everyone in your child's class, year group or school can take part too! If your child's school does not wish to register, you can book a free place for your family by clicking here

For Families

World Book Day with our Story Catchers!

Thursday 4th March at 3.30pm 

Free (available to watch via our YouTube channel)

Our team of Story Catchers will present a wonderful World Book Day celebration over on our YouTube channel - streaming plenty of fantastic Seven Stories fun into your lounges, kitchens and dining rooms wherever you are! 

During the programme Story Catchers Laurence, Charlie, Charlotte, Melanie and Jackie will be showing you how to make a 'zine', storytelling using found objects (something for everyone to try at home!) and Colin the Crocodile will be dropping in too for a series of  interviews with favourite characters from children's books, including Veruca Salt of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Fame!

Ahead of the event we’re busy sharing our favourite books and we’re asking you to do the same.  Simply send us a short video introducing your best book and be in with the chance to have the video shared in our special World Book Day programme!  Use the hashtag #ilovethisbookbecause when sharing your videos with us on social media.

Don’t forget to save-the-date for a jam-packed programme of super storytelling entertainment, bringing the very best of Seven Stories Story Catcher fun to you all at home.  

For Schools (Recommended age: Y6, Y7 & Y8)

Authors into Schools: Writing (extra-)ordinary stories with Sarah Hagger-Holt

Thursday 4th March 2021, 1.30pm

Participating schools are asked to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 

On World Book Day, join Sarah Hagger-Holt as she discusses what inspired her to write her new book Proud of Me. Sarah will share her top tips for building interesting characters and how we can use the world around us to create an exciting story. Book now.

Authors into Schools: Exploring the Environment with Steve Cole

Tuesday 9th March 2021, 1.30pm

For Schools (Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6)

Participating schools are asked to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 


Join Steve Cole to create stories and characters together about the environment. World Burn Down is a tense adventure set in Brazil's rainforest as fires rage and our hero tries to escape. Can you imagine yourself in the rainforest as it burns down around you? How are your five senses affected? Book now.