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World Book Day 2016 Next Thursday 3rd March!

World Book day feels like a ‘new’ thing, in fact it has been going for 18 years. It has become a fast growing trend among schools to encourage children to dress up as their favourite book characters on World Book Day, which this year will be Thursday 3rd March, which is NEXT Thursday! No pressure Mummies!

Download a brilliant guide to creating your own no-sew costumes in our article below!

So, what’s it all about?

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Millions of book vouchers are sent to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country). They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club.

These are the wonderful titles that will be available for free! 

World Book Day 2016 Free Books

So, what to wear? 

Dressing up outfits can be really expensive! This Harry Potter outfit for example will set you back £16 

Harry Potter Costume

Why not try and make your own costumes with no sewing required! 

We have found some wonderful ideas, and even better there are printable templates for some great costumes you can create that won’t break the bank!


Some bits you  might already have could be..

A witches outfit left over from Halloween? Perfect for Room on The Broom lovers!

A skeleton onesie? Perfect for Funny Bones

Dentist Outfit? Peppa Pigs Dentist Trip

Cinderella Outfit? Thats also a book right!?

Does your little one do ballet? Angelina Ballerina!

Have some dinosaurs? Grab a bucket… Harry’s Bucket Full Of Dinosaurs!

elmer tha cat in the hat angelina ballerina

To download 13 Brilliant step by step costume ideas including Angelina Ballerina, Where’s Wally and Horrid Henry, click here for the printable pdf:  World Book Day Costume Making Ideas courtesy of Book Aid

Did you have a costume dilemma last year? What did you choose? Let us know your ideas, email them to us here and we will post them on this blog to inspire other Mummies!


To celebrate world book day we are giving away a copy of Dear Zoo to a lucky reader. 

All you need to do is email a picture of your little one in their world book day outfit next week and we will get our readers to vote & pick a lucky winner!



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