Your Pre-prepared Resources for International Children’s Book Day

We hope you’re all enjoying your Easter break so far! As you may well know, International Children’s Book Day, a day which is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and encourage awareness of children’s books, is in two days’ time!

This year, International Children’s Book Day falls on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. Hans Christian Andersen is most famous for his fairy tales – and he wrote over 150! They include well-known stories such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

To help you celebrate these events, we’ve produced a whole host of resources focussed on Hans Christian Andersen which include Fact Sheets, Lesson Plans, ThinkIts and Topic Tools. Perfect for use as work over the Easter break, or for the classroom when students return back to school, these engaging resources are certain to help you make International Children’s Book Day enjoyable!

Fact Sheets

Our Fact Sheets explore who Hans Christian Andersen was and the background to his fairy tales.

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Lesson Plans

Explore what it would be like to be Thumbelina and find out which Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is your class’s favourite with our Maths and Literacy Lesson Plans.

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After you’ve read The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling or The Emperor’s New Clothes, why not discuss their themes by using our ThinkIts?

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Topic Tools

Feel inspired from reading Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales? Then use our helpful Book Review Template to review another.

You can also write your own story with our Story Starter Machine Topic Tool which is located in the English/Literacy module. It has lots of handy, fun ideas to help you get started!

  • England Year 1 – Year 6
  • Scotland Early**, Early***, First*, First**, First***, Second*, Second**, Second***
  • Wales Year 1 – Year 6
  • N. Ireland P2 – P7

The Storyscape Tool (mentioned in the Thumbelina Lesson Plan above) is available in the following academic years:

  • England Year 1 – Year 6
  • Scotland Early***, First*, First**, First***, Second*, Second**, Second ***
  • Wales Year 1 – Year 7
  • N. Ireland P1 – P7

Please note: You will need an EducationCity login to access these Topic Tools.

Have fun celebrating International Children’s Book Day! If you can’t access these Topic Tools, why not call 01572 725080 to request a complimentary trial of EducationCity?

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