When is World Book Day? Everything you need to know for 2020

Are your little ones looking forward to it?
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  • World Book Day 2020 is set to be the most exciting one yet...

    It’s safe to say our little ones are fans of World Book Day, and we’re guessing yours are the same. Any excuse to ditch their uniforms and dress up is a magical day in their eyes and anything that gets them reading more is a winner for us, too.

    When is World Book Day 2020?

    Having built up a huge following this is one popular event, taking place in schools, hospitals, hospices and pre-schools all over the UK on Thursday 5th March 2020, with thousands of children getting involved – although, you probably didn’t need us to tell you that.

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    Here’s everything you need to know about World Book Day, including costume ideas, and all the books your kids might love to read in the lead-up to the big day…

    World Book Day Costume Ideas

    The best part of the day (in our opinion) is coming up with a literary-themed costume with our kids. The excuse to talk about all the books they’ve read and loved over the past year is a moment we always look forward to and their imaginations never cease to amaze us (The Twits, anyone?!). With that in mind we’ve put together a gallery of the absolutely BEST costumes that you can make last minute, or buy with a quick trip to the high street. From a clever Harry Potter idea that doesn’t take any more than some face paint to The Lord Of The Rings Hobbits which needs real sewing expertise, we’ve got all levels of commitment covered.

    50 kids books everyone should read before they’re 16

    If you’re still struggling for ideas then why not have a peak at the list of 50 books every child should read before they’re 16. It was drawn up by Sainsbury’s in honour of World Book Day itself and includes all the classics. If you spot a book your child loves then that is often a great way to come up with costume ideas. Some of our personal favourites are the Dr. Zeus characters.

    £1 book tokens

    Along with the day comes all other sorts of fun, including £1 book tokens from the National Book Tokens people, publishers and sellers. In partnership with schools all over the UK, World Book Day provides more than 14 million £1 tokens for specially written kids’ books from some of the best authors around. That’s nearly one book token for everyone under the age of 18 in the whole of the UK and Ireland! And if none of the books on offer take your child’s fancy, you can use the token to buy a full-priced book with a £1 off. Go to worldbookday.com to check out the selection and grab your voucher!

    Best books for toddlers

    World Book Day is the perfect time to get your little one into reading – plus World Book Day have extended their reach in recent years to include nursery children too. To inspire your toddlers to love reading we’ve put together a guide on the best books for children between 0-5 years old.

    Best books for kids

    Once little ones have started reading at school they’ll be progressing quickly. One of the best ways to keep them motivated and constantly improving is to make sure they have plenty of fun books to get their teeth into. This round up includes classics old and new to appeal to all kinds of children. Plus, with so many ideas there’s sure to be something that’ll spark your imagination for a World Book Day costume.

    Best books for teens

    Not all high schools take part in World Book Day but if they do then your teen is going to need a cool costume to impress the rest of the class. Get some more grown-up costume inspiration from this round up of cult classic books.

    The most magical quotes from children’s storybooks ever

    For a final flourish of inspiration let us point you to the most magical children’s book quotes of all time. There is inspiration in abundance, as well as a good dose of ‘why aren’t I this profound?’.

    So, with all that to look forward to we bet you can’t wait to get started. (Or is that slightly over selling it for having to spend frantic evenings making a costume that will never look as good as it did in your head?!) Either way, we’re sure World Book Day will be as fun as ever this year.