On my daughter’s second day at school, she brought home a letter to say the following Friday was reading day and she should go dressed as her favourite book character. She’d barely started reception and already it was a themed none uniform day. The idea behind the day is great though as it was a day to celebrate books and do lots of activities around books and reading. The date was picked as it was the launch of the school book fair which is running all this week. This week is also the Book Trusts Time to Read campaign. I have to admit to lacking inspiration for dress up costumes. Left up to F, she would have worn her Halloween bat costume but I wanted her to get into the spirit of the day as it was intended to encourage a love of reading. I decided I wouldn’t be the only parent lacking inspiration so I asked my fellow blogger for inspiration for book themed fancy dress costumes.
Face paint comes into its own on world book day! We love the Tiger who came to tea and tiger face paint is so easy! – The money whisperer
Matilda using clothing you may already have, dungarees, top, red ribbon in hair and a book in hand – Anklebitters adventures.
Where’s Wally for a boy/girl it’s easy to do a red stripy top and glasses. Dorothy from the wizard of oz a blue checked dress red shoes and a picnic type basket with a dog toy in it – My crazy family story.
Goldilocks or Little red riding hood costumes are cheap to pick up from all the major supermarkets (around world book day but I couldn’t find any in September) – Five Little Doves.
Oompa Loompa costumes are very cheap. The added advantage is that people either think that your child looks very sweet or it will scare the poop out of them! – Household Money Saving.
Sophie from the BFG, nightie, some of my old glasses with the lenses taken out, and her trainers – East Sussex Mummy.
What about a princess? The Queen of Collage shared her tutorial on how to make a cardboard crown.
In the end, I bought F a black cat costume and she went as Mog the forgetful cat (but she could have easily been Scarface claw or Slinky Malinky from the Hairy Maclary books).
If you still need more ideas, this post from Sian at Hue me happy has 100 dress up ideas for world book day.
At least we’ve got plenty of book themed fancy dress ideas now for World book day next March.