World Book Day

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World Book Day: five simple costumes anyone can make, even in lockdown
Are you left scrambling for paints and glue-guns every year? Never fear – here are some options that Donna Ferguson and nine-year-old Flora put together in less than 30 minutes

Donna Ferguson

04, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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World Book Day isn’t about fancy dress (apologies to the boy who went as a giant atlas) | Alice O'Keeffe
Every year, time-poor parents buy Harry Potter and Gruffalo outfits destined for landfill, says the literary critics and journalist Alice O’Keeffe

Alice O'Keeffe

05, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Carolee Schneemann, the artist you definitely didn’t hear about at school | Rebecca Nicholson
My curiosity about this shocking revolutionary performer was sparked by the lyrics of a song

Rebecca Nicholson

09, Mar, 2019 @3:30 PM

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Readers' World Book Day costumes – from the Cat in the Hat to Mr Tickle
Here are some of the characters you told us about after late nights on the sewing machine

Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

07, Mar, 2019 @3:41 PM

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Show us your World Book Day costumes
Whether you have dressed your child up or you are a teacher who has made their own creation, we’d like to hear from you

Guardian readers

07, Mar, 2019 @9:45 AM

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Campaigners warn of 'book poverty' as UK celebrates World Book Day
Tom Watson, deputy Labour party leader, condemns fall in library borrowing as a ‘scandal’, as organisers encourage parents and children to make use of free book token

Alison Flood

07, Mar, 2019 @6:01 AM

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Give older children story time to halt fall in young readers, urge experts
Publisher Egmont says steep decline in parents reading to children – who thereby learn to read for pleasure – is ‘a significant threat to their wellbeing’

Alison Flood

05, Mar, 2019 @12:01 AM

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Northamptonshire announces 'heavily reduced' libraries plan – on World Book Day
County council implements timetable with immediate effect, leaving 21 libraries open just one day a week – and one food bank to find new location

Alison Flood

01, Mar, 2018 @3:13 PM

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Five libraries around the world that are open despite the odds
On World Book Day, a look at libraries from Egypt to Dominica that have remained open despite death threats, extreme weather and terrorism

Charlotte Bailey

01, Mar, 2018 @9:56 AM

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World Book Day 2018: teachers, send us pictures of your costumes
Which literary character are you dressing up as this year? Share your pictures and be part of a worldwide celebration of books and reading

Ruth Stokes and Guardian readers

28, Feb, 2018 @7:30 AM

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Children's authors slam celebrity-heavy World Book Day lineup
Led by David Almond and Anthony McGowan, writers have spoken out against stress on famous names in works chosen for 2018 event

Alison Flood

02, Oct, 2017 @12:28 PM

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s Classroom Hero: why World Comic Book Day is next| JA Micheline
Comic books don’t just offer a new way of looking at things. A new study shows they can play a crucial role in the classroom – so Biff! Bam! Pow! to all the sneerers

JA Micheline

03, Mar, 2017 @1:22 PM

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