Celebrate World Book Day in style!

27 February, 2018 : 10:49
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World Book Day, the annual celebration of reading is just around the corner. Marked in over 100 countries around the world, schools up and down the UK get involved by inviting pupils to share stories, dress up as their favourite character and maybe even start a book club. "The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own" World Book Day website.

If your children will be dressing up and you don’t have a costume sorted yet, here are a few quick and easy ideas that don’t require a needle and thread!

Dig out an animal onesie

There are so many children's books that feature animals, if you have a onesie and your child is happy to go to school in their pjs, there are plenty to choose from:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Jungle Book (Shere Khan)
Winnie the Pooh (Tigger)

The Velveteen Rabbit
Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit)
Watership Down
Add a little blue jacket for Peter Rabbit

101 Dalmatians

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Butterfly Lion

Adapt and recycle from the dressing up box

With a little imagination and a bit of mixing and matching, there's bound to be something in your kids' dressing up box that can be reinvented as an all-time favourite for the day.

Winnie the Witch
The Worst Witch
Room on the Broom
Meg and Mog
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe

Most superheroes originate from comic book and graphic novels
My brother is a superhero
Team a red cape with white underpants (over clothes!) for Captain Underpants

Peter Pan (Captain Hook, Smee etc.)
Treasure Island (Long John Silver)
Charlie Cook's favourite book

Princess. Take your pick of fairy tale princesses!

Customise from your child's (or your own) wardrobe

Mix and match items from family and friends to come up with a convincing creation.

Red and white striped for Where's Wally/Wendy
Red and black striped for Dennis the Menace
Yellow and blue striped for Horrid Henry
Black or navy and white striped with a mask and flat cap for Burglar Bill
Stick on a few lego figures or toy soldiers for Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels

Nightwear. The boy in the striped pyjamas or Sophie from the BFG

White onesie. Add tail, ears and a crown for Max, Where the Wild Things Are

Duffle coat. Teamed with a large hat and wellies for Paddington bear

Flowery dress. Boy in the dress

Blue dress. With a white apron for Alice in Wonderland or add a blue hair ribbon for Matilda

Go low key with props and accessories

If your child isn't keen on going all out with the dressing up, a nod to the character or a cryptic clue could be an intriguing option.

Bucket. Fill with dinosaurs for Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs

Wand. School uniform for Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley, add a painted-on scar and glasses for Harry Potter

Small white toy dog. Tintin

Fox mask or facepaint. Fantastic Mr Fox

Bottle. Add a sticker to a plastic bottle filled with coloured water for George’s Marvellous Medicine

Arrange a swap shop

World Book Day is in its 23rd year, so why not ask around and see if you can swap last year’s costumes with a friend or two!

For more inspiration, competitions and games, visit the World Book Day website.

Not all children love reading though, so here are our top tips to help you if you have unwilling reader on your hands.

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