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World Book Day

3:29pm Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

What's happening at your school or nursery?

Primary schools usually tie in with World Book Day in some way, and most distribute the £1 book tokens. There may be other special events happening, such as book fairs, or a visits from famous authors or local writers - they may read to the children or hold a special book signing event. 

Many schools encourage pupils to mark the event by dressing up as a favourite book character, usually afirm favourite with kids! We have stacks of easy (and purse-friendly) ideas on our dressing up page - many are donated by other mums and fortunately aren't too labour-intensive! 

Registered schools will receive a World Book Day pack in advance of the day so they'll have plenty of interesting activities and competitions lined up for your child.

No sew easy costumes to make

From the cutest no sew tutus, genius superhero capes that take minutes to make and gorgeous animal costumes we've got a fantasic selection of easy no sew costumes to make


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What's happening this year?

  • Schools across the country will be distributing £1 World Book Day tokens - your child can exchangethese at bookshops for exclusive World Book Day £1 books(there are some lovely free books to choose from) or put them towards books of a higher value.
  • Storycraft is World Book Day’s web-based storytelling tool, which takes children on a unique step-by-step journey to writing and sharing stories in different genres. All with the help of more than 50 top author Storyguides, who share their top tips and inspiration with budding young writers at every stage. Start your story today

Other events

Check out your local bookstore and library, which may also be holding special events for World Book Day. If your child isn't yet at primary school they can still take part - pre-school nurseries and day care establishments can also grab a piece of the action by registering on the World Book Day website, and there are lots of ways you can get into the spirit of the event at home.

Take a look at the What's on page for events

Things to do at home

The World Book Day website has a great selection of games and downloads featuring favourite book characters, such as The Gruffalo, Angelina Ballerina, Mr Gum and Wimpy Kid. There are also lots of educational resources you can download too, featuring activities such as wordsearches and crosswords, and designed for preschool and primary school aged children.

You can find more ideas for encouraging reading, literacy and an interest in books on Netmums, including:

World Book Day - costume tips

We've got some great ideas for costumes for World Book Day - so no need to panic about what to make this year! Take a look through our gallery for some inspiration...


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Browse hundreds of costume ideas for inspiriation

Our members have come up with some brilliant World Book Day costumes over the years. We have hundreds of costumes in our photo gallery. Take a look through and find ideas and inspiration and why not come back and add your own.

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