Everything you need to celebrate World Book Day

Mother and daughter reading a bedtime story


Our favourite day of the year is almost here – hooray! Don’t panic if you haven’t got your costume sorted yet, as we’ve got some super easy World Book Day costume hacks for you, plus lots of other creative ways you can celebrate with your young bookworms this week. Here’s everything you need to know:

  1. Easy World Book Day costume ideas

It’s the dress up day you either love or hate! But the truth is it doesn’t have to be complicated. There are lots of easy ways to create World Book Day costumes using clothes your kids already own, plus a few cardboard props. And to make things even easier we’ve created a download with 40+ costume ideas that won’t break the bank - join our email list and you'll be sent a link as your welcome gift! Here’s a sneak peek at two of them:

Girl dressed as a character from The Paper Dolls

For the little girl from The Paper Dolls, you simply need to cut out a cardboard butterfly and attach it to a hairclip. We also created our own versions of Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with a bow to complete the outfit!

Boy dressed as Tom Gates

Dressing up as Tom Gates couldn’t be easier. We created a cardboard guitar and simply added one of his favourite treats, a caramel wafer!

  1. Join in the World Book Day fun with Share a Million Stories

Share a Million Stories is a nationwide campaign launched by the lovely people at World Book Day on 27th February 2020 to help change children’s lives by making story-sharing a habit of a lifetime and creating readers for life. Register on the World Book Day website and every time you share a story at home for at least 10 minutes, record it on your Share a Million Stories Reading Record so that it can be added to the LIVE national total. Once you’re registered, you’re also in with a chance of winning fantastic book prizes every week until the end of March. Find out more on the World Book Day website.

Bookish bento boxes and story spoons

  1. Book-ish craft activities from around the web

If you’re not into dressing up, there are still lots of creative ways in which you can celebrate your favourite books and authors on World Book Day. Could you turn a potato into your favourite book character? Or create a set of wooden spoon characters for some interactive storytelling? We love these book-themed bento boxes – perfect for a World Book Day lunchbox! You’ll also find a whole host of Draw-A-Long videos from some of our favourite author-illustrators on YouTube, including Tom McLaughlin, Steve Lenton and Nick Sharratt.

  1. Brilliant online resources for home and school

There are some fantastic book-ish online resources out there. Get started on official World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph’s website, where you can download printable puzzles, colouring pages and how-to guides, including official World Book Day bookmarks and a reading crown (who doesn’t want a reading crown?!). Then head over to the British Library and get stuck into the Discovering Children’s Books collection, which includes all sorts of creative activities to do at home or at school, fascinating interviews with some of our favourite authors and illustrators, and access to lots of stories, notebooks and sketchbooks. Finally, one of our favourite children’s publishers, Chicken House, has recently launched an EGG-CITING creative writing challenge for kids. Who Let the Gods Out author Maz Evans and her author friends – Holly Rivers, Emma Shevah and Christopher Edge – want to inspire children to hatch their own creative stories. Head to their website to find a fun, must-watch video featuring these talented authors, as well as resources for teachers, librarians and book clubs. Here's to inspiring the next generation of writers!

Have a very happy World Book Day, bookworms! We’d love to see what you get up to, so don’t forget to tag us in your photos on social media: Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Are you keen to supercharge your child’s love of reading but feel like you could be doing more to support them? We know that discovering, purchasing and recommending books that maintain your child’s enthusiasm for reading, helping them to reach their full potential, is time consuming. Why not let us take that off your to-do list? With a Parrot Street Book Club subscription your child receives a carefully chosen new children’s book and accompanying activity pack through the post each month. They receive a stream of varied and exciting books, whilst the book club-style questions and activities are perfect for sharing. Find out more here.

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