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Dressing Up Ideas

Dressing Up Ideas

Dressing Up Ideas

Social and shared experiences are a key part of World Book Day celebrations. The important thing is that the day is fun and that children have the chance to talk about what they’re reading.

Dressing up is the most popular way to encourage this. Teachers have told us it’s one of the key ways reluctant readers engage with the day and children tell us they find it a useful way to pick up reading recommendations.

In an evaluation we commissioned by The National Literacy Trust we discovered children love having their home reading celebrated at school and that dressing up makes the day feel really special. Even better they get reading recommendations from their friends based on their costumes. Read the full report here.

In 2021 we partnered with Orinoco, The Oxfordshire Scrapstore based in Banbury and Oxford to get some top tips for dressing up using recycled materials – check them out here.

Dressing Up Resources

Explore activities which support children to get the most out of being in costume and those which don’t require a costume but develop the same book talk and fun reading atmosphere in the classroom on World Book Day.

Costume Ideas

Bring your favourite book characters to life with these easy dress-up ideas. These costumes are easy to make at home, and what better way to Show Your Shares by embodying your favourite book character through costumes?


World Book Day® is a charity sponsored by National Book Tokens.