The 5 Best World Book Day Costumes & Activities

Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest measure of a child’s future success? More than their educational or financial background. That’s why World Book Day was set up - a charity that wants to see more kids reading and the improved life chances that brings.

Your little ones may not be heading into school for World Book Day on March 4th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t nurture their love of reading. We’ve rounded up the cutest World Book Day costumes inspired by our current favourite story books, plus some fun activities to spark their imagination at home and online.

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

Pink tulle and fabulous frills? The Queen of Hearts would approve of this fantastical flamingo costume.

Activity: Why not recreate a Mad Hatters tea party over zoom with your little one’s class mates – where everyone dresses up, eats cucumber sandwiches and reads an extract from the story. 

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Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

Deep in the Ocean
by Lucie Brunelliere

From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, this book takes readers on a bewitching journey through an underwater world of sea creatures.

Activity: Dress them up as a friendly shark and play the book’s free downloadable soundtrack as you read together.

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Zog by Julia Donaldson

Zog... he’s cute, he’s curious and he looks wonderful in shiny green lamé. Add even more fun to this smash hit story by playing ‘Drop Everything and Read.’

Activity: Throughout the day when a bell rings, everyone has to stop what they’re doing, pick up a book and read, parents included!

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Zog, the biggest dragon was the keenest one by far. He tried his hardest to win a gold star.

Julia Donaldson

Zog, the biggest dragon was the keenest one by far. He tried his hardest to win a gold star.

Julia Donaldson

Mermaid School
by Lucy Courtenay

This book is all about believing in yourself – and we say do it in sequins!

Activity: After reading the story, ask little ones to write their own poem or TV show about mermaids and act it out at the end of the day – the more imaginative the better.

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Rumble in the Jungle
by Giles Andraea

This high-energy animal adventure calls for a standout outfit. And what could be grander than our lion costume with luxurious gold fringing and embroidered paws?

Activity: Have a family game of Jungle Charades: write all the animals in the book on notecards - each player had to act theirs out with noises and gestures only.

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There’s a rumble in the jungle,
There’s a whisper in the trees,
The animals are waking up
And rustling the leaves.

Giles Andraea

There’s a rumble in the jungle,
There’s a whisper in the trees,
The animals are waking up
And rustling the leaves.

Giles Andraea

Need more ideas? World Book Day is offering lots of lockdown reading fun – from colouring print outs and book themed recipes.

Flower Power

Flowers are fabulous for craft making – whether you use real ones or paper designs. We’ve created a beautiful 3D floral headband to look sensational at summer parties, and rounded up two other flower makes your kids will love too.

Craft a Floral Headband
Look summery fantastic fast with this headband.

You will need: a printer; printer paper or thin card; coloured paper or card; glue; scissors; pompoms, beads or buttons to embellish; a gold pen or foiled gold paper/card (optional).

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