One of my favourite days is coming up in just over a weeks time. World Book Day! It helps bring children together to celebrate the joys of reading throughout schools all over. They provide book tokens for children all over the world so that they have the opportunity to own at least one book themselves. It helps to bring out your child’s creative side and provides a fun activity for all of the family.
I can’t wait till Ivy is old enough so that I can come up with magical ideas and make brilliant costumes to send her off on her way. I can imagine me feeling super proud of all of my creations. But then I have to calm myself down a bit and realise I don’t want to be wishing my daughters life away! I have the time now to instil a love of books by reading new and interesting ones to her EVERY DAY!
I have already seen the forums I am on filling up with questions on what to dress your child in this year that is both easy and quick for a mum on the go! So I thought I would help by making a list of the books that we enjoy reading and some great costume ideas from them to dress your toddler in for the 2nd March.
All of these characters could easily be made with cardboard from food packaging that you would otherwise throw out or any parcels you might have had recently. You could paint them or you could even use old magazines and cut out sections of colour from them to glue! Just get creative and look around your house and I’m sure you will find a lot of “junk” that could be recycled into an awesome costume for your child.
Read more on World Book Day here.
Read all about how much we’ve loved Story Time from a young age.
Click on the images to see a link to the books on Amazon.
Elmer – David Mckee
Elmer is a great choice and quite easy to make, if you head on over to the World Book Day website (the link is above) they have a tutorial on there.
Angelina Ballerina – Katherine Holabird
Angelina is another great choice for your daughter (or son) especially if this is their favourite. She’s another one that is quite easy to make because you can just use clothes that you already have.
The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo or the The Gruffalo’s Child is a firm favourite. You could even dress them up as other characters in the books such the fox, the owl or the snake.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
This book is a classic and you could dress them as the caterpillar or the butterfly!
Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
We love this book in our house (Stuart wouldn’t admit it but it made him cry the first time he read it to Ivy). It would be adorable to dress them as Little NutBrown Hare.
The Cat In The Hat – Dr. Seuss
All of Dr. Seuss books have tons of characters that you could dress your children up as. And if you have twins that are in the same class then what is more cut than dressing them as Thing 1 and Thing 2!
Paddington Bear – Michael Bond
Again this book is a classic and all you need is a red hat and a blue coat!
The Tiger Who Came Tea – Judith Kerr
This book has been around for some time and is still a bestseller. All you would need is to dress your child as a tiger!
Winnie The Pooh – A. A. Milne
Winnie The Pooh also has a lot of characters that you could choose from to dress your child as and who doesn’t know The Best Bear in All the World!?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
You could choose from so many characters in this book or some of Beatrix Potter’s other works.
The Snowman – Raymond Briggs
This one could be seen as a bit “Christmassy” but who doesn’t love The Snowman and it’s so easy to do. I believe that even if we had snow in summer (it could happen!) we would still be making snowmen out of it!
There are just so many brilliant children’s books our there to choose from! I hope this list inspired you to get creative and fall in love with playing dress up all over again. Let me know what costumes you have made before or are planning to make for World Book Day this year in the comments below!