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It is World Book Day on Thursday 6th March.

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All UK schools are being sent vouchers for either free books, of which there are ten to choose from this year, or you can use your voucher towards £1 off of books in bookstores nationwide – and the World Book Day website suggests lots of ways that your school can get into the spirit of things, providing ideas, lesson plans, link ups to author events etc.

You can access the website by clicking on this link, here.

There is still time to sign up for the virtual classroom experience that is the Biggest Book Show on Earth. This year, rather than a live event, there is a pre-recorded show which you can download and use at a time to suit yourself. You can sign up here.

This Guardian article offers links, resources and ideas for things to do on World Book Day which could either be done in class or adapted for home school environments.

One of the main things that schools do, and that our school will be doing, is inviting all the children to come along dressed as their favourite book character.  We are aware that for some parents this can be challenging, but we are hoping to make it easier for you by suggesting a few failsafe, easy to put together costumes that you may well already have everything for.

Wendy, Michael and John from Peter Pan – The Darling children from Peter Pan go to Neverland in their pyjamas. This is possibly the easiest costume you can whip up, short of sending children in their school uniform and pretending that they are from a school based book.

The Lost Boys, also from Peter Pan just have to look a bit wild and scruffy. Tatty clothes, bit of mud, sorted. Red Indian costumes can also be used for Peter Pan, ditto Pirate costumes.

Superhero costumes. Most children, boys especially, will have super hero costumes. Most superheroes started life as characters from graphic novels. This makes them a shoo in for World Book Day.

The equivalent of the boy’s superhero costume is the girl’s princess costume. All Disney characters come from an original fairy story or traditional tale somewhere.

Red headed girls can always go as Pippi Longstocking from the Astrid Lindgren books.

Cowboy costumes work well for the character of Cowboy Baby from the book by Sue Heap.

Halloween costumes can be recycled. Witch costumes could be used for Room on the Broom by Julia McDonald, or teamed with colours to make Winnie the Witch.

Cat Costumes can be used to make a child Cat in the Hat or Wilbur from Winnie the Witch.

Skeleton costumes can be used for Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg.

Halloween cloaks can be recycled to make Harry Potter outfits.

Robber costumes are easy to do, a stripy t-shirt, a p.e. bag and a black cloth mask. These would be great for Burglar Bill or Cops and Robbers by Allan Ahlberg.

Striped t shirts can also be used to make a Where’s Wally costume.

Scruffy school uniforms can transform a boy into Just William from the books by Richmal Crompton.

Children who like to get a bit messy can make a fake beard out of cotton wool or wool, and dress up in scruffy gear to be either Mr. Twit or Mr. Gum. Girls can dump the fake beard and go for Mrs. Twit.

Adult nighties could be recycled to make wizard costumes, for say Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings.

Last year I used an old apron which I splattered with red food dye, and a paper hat to turn myself into Billy William III, the evil butcher from Mr. Gum. A fake meat cleaver from a joke shop completed the outfit, but you wouldn’t have to go that far to make it really effective.

You do not have to spend a fortune to make a really effective World Book Day outfit. You just need a bit of imagination, and a bit of book knowledge and you’ll go far.

 

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