Fonetti World Book Day 2021

by | Mar 8, 2021 | EAL, Literacy, News, SEND

Just because we weren’t all together in school, didn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy World Book Day together! So, on Thursday 4th March we held our first large scale World Book Day event, co-hosted by inspirational children’s authors Clare Balding and Christina Gabbitas.

Over 40 schools pre-registered to receive an interactive link, and as we know many classrooms watched and shared the livestream on YouTube, we believe 1000s of pupils will have seen our extravaganza.  

Clare and Christina both read stories; Christina kicked off proceedings with her story Felicity Fly and the Dragon Fruit and Friends, which is now available to read on Fonetti. After some questions about what inspires our authors, Clare then read Greeny the Caring Tree, written by then 6 year old Guru Kashyap, one of our 2020 Young Authors’ Competition winners.

Throughout the broadcast, we shared photos of UK primary school children in their World Book Day outfits, shared with us on social media, using #FonettiWBD. There were some really inventive outfits – exploring specific words in the vocabulary, through to favourite books.

Pupil participation

World Book Day is all about the readers, and primary school pupils made an invaluable contribution – both with a collective reading across the breadth of the UK – all reading What do you want to become – a brilliant title in the Fonetti Subscription Library, available as a free book for a period after World Book Day.

Confident and camera-shy readers all made an appearance – and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that took part! Pupils also submitted questions for Clare and Christina – we had so many that we couldn’t get to them all!

Book Review project

Given the enthusiasm we’d seen for books, we launched a Book Review project too! We’d love to receive book reviews and feedback on all the stories available on the Fonetti app. Clare and Christina also gave some tips on what makes a good review. Feedback in writing, in a drawing, a voice recording or video – whatever works –  we want to hear from children! Please send your reviews into, and let us know if we can share it on social media!