Top 10 ways to celebrate World Book Day

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Rediscover an old favourite, pick up a recommendation or delve into something new and unknown. It doesn’t really matter what book you choose to read – just read to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday.

2 Watch Outnumbered star Ramona Marquez read an extract from Humphrey’s Tiny Tales: My Treasure Hunt Troubles, by Betty Birney on the World Book Day website. There are 12 readings to pick from.

3 Keep an eye on the big screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square on Thursday to see people being interviewed about their favourite book.

4 You might think it goes against the spirit of the day a bit but log on to to see videos of some of the authors featured talking about their work, including ballerina Darcey Bussell.

5 Dress up as your favourite book character. Probably best not to attempt to go to work dressed like Stig of the Dump but there’s no reason why the kids can’t have a go after school, or suggest it to their pre-school.

6 Head on over to Gosport’s Literary Cafe at the town’s Discovery Centre on Thursday.

Talented local writers will be reading their work in the cafe area, giving them a chance to share their writing with an appreciative audience,

Writers can register to take part by calling Brian Evans-Jones on 01962 853007.

The event runs from 7pm until 9.30pm and costs £3 for readers and £2 for listeners.

7 Find out more about Portsmouth’s literary past.

Visit A Study in Sherlock at the City Museum to learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous fictional character or make a note in your diary to visit Charles Dickens’s birthplace when it reopens in April.

8 Think you know your Thomas Hardy from your CS Lewis? Prove it by taking the World Book Day test at

There’s 30 questions to get your teeth into.

9 Get ready for World Book Night on Saturday with a visit to the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

The theatre’s education co-ordinator Sonia Vidal will be handing out free copies of Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez from 6pm on Saturday, while her colleague Claire Druce will give away copies of Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on Tuesday March 8.

10 Spend a £1 book token. Schools are handing our World Book Day tokens across our area. Take the kids to a participating seller and trade in the token for a specially-produced £1 book or any book worth more than £2.99.