Get ready for World Book Day

Get ready for World Book Day

A favourite among children, as well as the young at heart, World Book Day falls on 3rd March this year. And we’re here to help you prepare for the day’s festivities with our range of fancy dress costumes and accessories.Fantastic Mr Fox Fancy Dress Outfit

A bit of trivia: World Book Day is celebrated in the rest of the world on 23 April (the anniversary of the deaths of both Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare). But, as 23 April is St George’s Day in England, and the Easter school holidays are usually underway, the first Thursday of March was chosen instead for the UK and Ireland.

No matter where you are, it’s a wonderful day devoted to celebrating the love of books and reading. Many school children dress up as their favourite literary characters, and we have some delightful fancy dress options to help them express their love of books! For the Roald Dahl fans, there’s Willy Wonka, Matilda, or the Fantastic Mr Fox, to name a few. The Harry Potter series is a popular choice too – 10 points to Gryffindor for this enchanting robe!

We love the Horrible Histories collection for tiny Tudors; the Henry VIII and Elizabeth I costumes are marvellous. And of course there are always the timeless classics such as Mary Poppins and Robin Hood. We’ve even got options for the toddler set, such as this adorable Peppa Pig costume! Mary Poppins Fancy Dress OutfitCheck out all of our kids’ fancy dress costumes selections here on our website. Or, if your young readers want to create a unique, DIY costume this year, never fear – we’ve got all the props, accessories, make up and wigs they’ll need to complete their transformation here.

Of course, the more your children love reading, the more they’ll enjoy the day. But the fact remains that some kids just don’t take to it as much. If you want to encourage your child to read more, here are some tips you might try, courtesy of Reading Is Fundamental:

  • Take a trip to the library and let your child choose the books that interest them most
  • Read to your child, or read out loud together – a great shared activity for the family!
  • Talk about the things you’re reading. This will engage them more and help in reading comprehension skills
  • Be a role model and show your child how much you love reading too


And on that topic, don’t forget that World Book Day isn’t just for kids! If you’re dressing up this year too, we’ve got loads of great fancy dress options for grown-ups here on the Littlewoods site.

Happy reading and enjoy the day!

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