World Book Day

“World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.”


World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

“Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity.”
— Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.”


International Children’s Book Day

cartoon of 2 children opening a boo and lots of crazy characters exploding out of it

2 April is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and since 1967 International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated on or around this day to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

Each year the day is sponsored by a different country member of the International Board on Books for Young People. It decides on a theme and invites an author from that country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster.

World Book Night

child sitting outside by a fire reading a book

A national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers.

Toolkits, posters & other resources available on the website.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day Banner 2018

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

National Poetry Day 2018 will take place on Thursday 4 October 2018 and the theme is Change. Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. Just look at our events listing to see the range of activity enjoyed in 2017.

If you’re planning poetry – reading, writing, performing – in your school, feel free to go on using all the resources from National Poetry Day 2017.  We will have more as the next NPD approaches, so sign-up to receive all our news and updates.

Our Toolkit for Schools  and our  free teaching resources are yours for inspiration, any day of the week.’

Messy Maths with Juliet Robertson

Get real, get messy, get maths, get outside. Come and spend a wonderful day in the woods, with Juliet Robertson, the author of the multi-award winning book, Messy Maths. Together you will explore the five “R’s” of Messy Maths:

Rights – every child is mathematical and has the right to have learn about and explore maths.
Routines – embedding key maths concepts into your daily routines.
Resources – open-ended, low cost materials which can be used in lots of different ways with different ages and abilities of children.
Responsibilities of the adults – how to follow children’s lead and articulate the learning which happens through a play-based approach. It also includes ways of involving families in developing a child’s love of maths.
Re-imagining your outdoor space – developing maths-rich provision in any outdoor space be this a concrete jungle, woodland paradise or something else.

Date: 21st May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120. If you are attending the Literacy Day also, the fee is £220 for the two days.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Lighting the Literacy Fire with Juliet Robertson

Come and spend a busy, happy day with Juliet Robertson, exploring literacy outside. Together, we:

Explore the practicalities of developing any outdoor space as a literacy-rich environment on a shoestring budget using natural materials and sustainable approaches.
Look at approaches to ensuring your children become prolific mark makers outside using a range of creative approaches and through careful attention to their physical development.
Consider the joy of facilitating many contexts for listening and talking.
Ensure that a range of texts and narratives are an everyday part of your outdoor practice.

Date: 22nd May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120 or £220 if booking Messy Maths also.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Outdoor Literacy in the Early Years – with JULIET ROBERTSON – Webinar

Creating a literacy-rich outdoor space is essential if we want to embed a child-centred approach that acknowledges that children have a right to learn where it best suits their needs. For many children, they want to be outside and therefore they have an entitlement to this being a space that enables them to become emerging readers, writers, talkers and listeners. This webinar explores a diversity of ways of embedding literacy in an outdoor space, be this a concrete jungle or a wood. After the webinar you will get access to additional resources that help you develop your practice and keep track of what you need to do to develop your outdoor literacy provision. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.