All about World Book Day!
Today marks ‘World Book Day’ here in the United Kingdom & Ireland, as we celebrate it each year on the first Thursday of March. It is a day to celebrate all things books – reading, authors, illustrators, book characters, etc. With the aim of encouraging more children to discover more books and the joy and pleasure that can come along with reading.
Primary schools in the UK have a fancy dress policy on World Book Day where all staff dress up in fancy dress as book characters and the children also come into school dressed up as book characters too. I personally feel this dressing up element, also invites children into some of the imaginary worlds that these stories create for these characters to live in.
Additionally, I think it is a great way to also show children how a lot of the films they watch and enjoy, are actually stories originally from books – maybe this can be a chance for parents to read the books of some of these fond films with their children too.
The UK also has a registered Charity ‘World Book Day’ who work alongside schools in sending reading resources and sending book token’s for
National Book Tokens Ltd scheme, where children can get a free book each. You can find out more about the charities work on their website HERE which also has downloadable resources for a range of reading-related activities too.
Why the UK & Ireland celebrate World Book Day on a different Day to the rest of the World…
Some of my international readers may be thinking I’m posting this World Book Day blog too soon. Well, that’s because we don’t celebrate on the same day as the rest of the world. When World Book Day was started in 1995 by UNESCO as the worldwide celebration of books and reading, it was on April 23rd and continues to be celebrated on that date in over 100 countries all over the world.
However, that clashes with Saint George’s Day, the patron Saint here in England. As well as it clashing with the Catholic & Christian Easter season for the rest of the UK and Ireland, and the Easter holidays are a time when children don’t attend school.
World Book Day Costume Ideas:
Reading my earlier point of using World Book Day to enlighten children that many of the films they watch were originally a book, I think you can see why I chose these two costume ideas below…
Snow White Fancy Dress Costume:
This Snow White Costume cost me £15 from Birmingham Indoor Market Fancy Dress Shop. They had adult and children’s sizes available. This is also available online:
Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume:
Many people don’t realise that Mary Poppins film was actually from a book series adapted by Walt Disney. The series of books that follows Mary Poppins on many adventures, started to be published in 1934 and by the last books publication in 1988 there were 8 books in total.
I dressed up as Mary Poppins last year and wrote an in depth tutorial blog post about how I created this DIY Mary Poppins costume from scratch. Read all about it here: Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume D.I.Y. Tutorial
I’d love to hear about who you or your children have dressed up as for World book Day – why not let me know in the comment section below.
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