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World Book Day : 8 of the best bookish world records

There is something truly wonderful about seeing a child curled up with a good book, engrossed in a story or engaged with facts. In honor of World Book Day, has handpicked 8 of the best bookish World Records!

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1. The World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz. This year 6,388 children and adults at 62 worldwide locations took the World Record crown for most participants taking part in a book quiz. The event was split into three age groups and to add to the sense of occasion there were video appearances from literary heroes such as Francesca Simon and Charlie Higson.
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2. Nursery Rhyme Dress Up. Altmore-Lathom School’s Federation in London set the new World Record in 2015 when over 900 pupils dressed up as a Nursery Rhyme character to celebrate World Book Day.

3. The Most Harry Potters. Pass the Butterbeer… back to 2015 again, for this magical World Record. 521 students at Tanbridge House School in Horsham donned the swooshy black robes of Hogwarts, complete with forehead scars, glasses and wands to become World Record Holders in honour of World Book Day.

4. Spot the Dalmatians! 2014 and it’s another dress up record which propelled 264 Dalmatian dressed pupils from Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull, into the Guinness Book of Records all in the name of World Book Day. Luckily no Cruella De Ville’s were seen slinking around at the time…!

5. The World’s Largest Reading Lesson. In 2012 nearly 3000 students across London read their way into The Guinness Book of Records, in coordinated lessons 27 schools took part in the 30 minute class on Michael Morpurgo’s Born to Run.

6. Youngest Person to Write a Published book. It is never too early to get your LO writing as Dorothy Straight proved in 1962, when aged 4, her book How The Word Began was published.

7. Fastest Selling Book of Fiction in 24 Hours. It is almost impossible nowadays to think of a time when the name Harry Potter was not synonymous with children’s literature. It is no surprise that the winner of this accolade goes to JK Rowling for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which sold 8.3 million copies in the US in the first 24 hours of its release.

8. Most Books Toppled in Dominoes Fashion. Genius idea, and possibly the coolest way ever to finish a sales conference! And this is exactly what the staff at United Biscuits UK did in 2015, when they successfully toppled 5,318 books.

We have found a fantastic infographic on this from Tickled Pink Fancy Dress as well, so do pop over to their website to check it out as well.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Dear Helen,

I am more than happy that I found this post and I respect each and every opinion on teaching to read. The topic is "hot" and many times causes unnecessary tensions. Let me share my story with you.

I have written a complementary article where I share my personal experience in terms of teaching children to read. I have also published a book (without pictures distracting children during learning) which helps to navigate through the reading process. Just to mention, my 4-year-old daughter reads Harry Potter fluently. I have tried different methods and I described my results.

You might find it interesting to share with your audience recent findings in this topic. I believe my experience can encourage many parents.

The article explains my road and science behind the successfully reading-preschooler.

I wish you a wonderful day! :)

Respectfully, Julia


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Hi Julia. Thanks for reaching out and lovely to hear from you. If you would like to guest on the site - do let us know by dropping me a note and we can take it from there.

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