World Book Day, What Is It?

World Book Day, What Is It?

Posted in The World of Smiffys Fancy Dress by Smiffys Liverpool on January 17th 2020
2020 will be the 23rd year that World Book Day is celebrated. It’s celebrated on the first Thursday of March which means that this year in 2020 it will be celebrated on March the 5th.

People celebrate World Book Day in numerous different ways; however World Book Day costumes are very popular, especially amongst young children. So if you’re looking for a fancy dress costume for your son or daughter, come visit us in our Liverpool fancy dress shop, we have two floors filled with fancy dress for you to explore.

What Is World Book Day?

Celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world, including the United Kingdom, World Book Day is more than just a celebration of books and reading, it’s an opportunity to inspired children of the 21st century to put down their Smartphone, tablet, or games console, and instead pick up a book, transporting themselves to a new and wonderful world that they can explore.

The aim of the celebration is to encourage children to read; providing them with the opportunity to own a book of their own through the use of National Book Tokens Ltd. After all, reading is more than just a medium of entertainment; it’s a gateway to learning, as writes, reading at an early age “opens the door to your child’s early academic success”. With nearly one token for every child in the country aged under 18, (thanks to National Book Tokens Ltd. ) each book token will enable them to get one of the ten exclusive books for completely free, or get £1 off any book or audio book which costs more than £2.99 (providing the bookshop or book club is participating).

World Book Day Costume Ideas?

harry potter
  • Harry Potter
    Reading the stories with your child is a fantastic way to introduce them to the world of fantasy fiction. Arguably one of the most interesting parts of the Harry Potter books is that as the character Harry grows up, the story also ‘grows up’. However, as the story does become more ‘mature’ in its later books, it is important that you introduce these new themes to your child when they are mature enough to handle them. Common Sense Media wrote an interesting article about introducing the themes of Harry Potter to your children, especially the later books where themes such as death are explored through the death of several loved characters.

  • Roald Dahl
    When people think of Roald Dahl, they think of his literature works; incredible books such as James and the Giant Peace, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG. However, did you know that in addition to the author loved by hundreds, “Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor”?

    Roald Dahl’s literary masterpieces have been enjoyed by numerous generations over the decades; this makes it a great choice for both children and grown-ups who want to dress up for World Book Day. with Willy Wonka costumes for the grownups, peach costumes for children, and lots more wonderful characters from Dahl’s literary worlds to dress up as; you’ll be spoiled for choice when searching through Smiffys-Liverpool’s Roald Dahl collection of fancy dress costumes.

  • Horrible Histories
    Reading is a fantastic opportunity to learn about different points through history, and this is done superbly well in the educational book series enjoyed by many children; the Horrible History books. These books provide fantastic learning opportunities in a fun and comedic manner. One of the most interesting times in European history was the Middle Ages, also known by some as the Medieval period. For example, did you know that during the Medieval period, a group of people from Scandinavia explored Europe and travelled to the Americas. This period of time when the Scandinavians explored and raided is known as the Viking Period. If your son would like to wear a costume inspired by the Viking Period, we have a fantastic Horrible Histories Viking costume.

Is World Book Day Fancy Dress Just For Children?
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Whilst many children will enjoy dressing up as some of their favourite character from their favourite books, it’s not just for children. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for grownups to get children involved in reading and share some of their favourite books with them. After all, authors originate from a variety of different backgrounds and ethnicities, so there’s a lot to be gained from sharing our favourite stories and authors with each other.

For example, as a parent or teacher, perhaps you could dress up as a character from Tolkien fiction? The Lord of The Rings trilogy is one of the most popular fantasy stories in history with thousands of fans all over the world. However, Tolkien also wrote a children’s story set inside his Middle Earth, The Hobbit. Perhaps you could read this story to your child, share with them your passion for fantasy fiction and maybe next year you child will want to dress up as a character from The Hobbit for World Book Day, perhaps Thorin Oakenshield?

For World Book Dress Visit Smiffys-Liverpool, Fancy Dress Shop In Merseyside

Smiffys-Liverpool has a diverse range of costumes, make-up, accessories, and instant kits to choose from; so there’s a lot to browse in our Liverpool fancy dress store. However, if you can’t find that accessories you’re looking for, don’t worry. We have been trading for over ten years in addition to our unrivalled 30 years industry experience. So, thanks to our connections and links within the party industry, there’s a good chance we can source the fancy dress costume you’re looking for.

If you have any questions regarding the fancy dress products that are available on the Smiffys Fancy Dress Shop online store, or if you would like information regarding delivery or item availability, you can contact our staff by telephone, by using the internet, or by visiting us in person at our fancy dress shop in Liverpool.

  • You can contact us by telephone by calling, 0151 709 9449
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