World Book Day can be celebrated in or out of costume.
Teachers tell us that dressing up is a good way for reluctant readers to engage with the day, and children say they love having their home reading celebrated at school. Children also say that others’ costumes are a good way to pick up reading recommendations, and that dressing up makes the day feel really special.
But, the important thing is that the day is fun and that children have the chance to talk about what they’re reading.
If you do include dressing up in your celebrations, you can use our tips to link it to reading for pleasure.
And there are lots of other ways to encourage booky conversations, such as making puppets or props for characters, stickers with character profiles for staff and students, or bringing books from home.