My sons school finally celebrated World Book Day yesterday and while it might have been much later than most other schools, it’s given me plenty of time to see some awesome costumes on social media, and also lots of differing opinions on the subject.
I love the idea of World Book Day, it’s great for young children to enjoy books and for us to encourage that love of books. But I think it’s actually quite difficult when it comes to dressing up.
I read a post recently about how girls wearing Disney princess dresses for World Book Day is unacceptable, and I understand that but in all honestly, next year when Evie gets to join in I’m pretty sure that that is what she will choose to dress as. It’s not a book character so is a total cop out but if that’s what your child wants to dress as, what do you do?
So is it a cop out that Max dressed in a Harry Potter costume that we picked up from the supermarket, because it was an easy option? Maybe.
Max didn’t have any of his own ideas about what he wanted to dress as, so when we suggested Harry Potter he was happy to go with that. I’ll be honest, he’s definitely never read any Harry Potter books, and has only seen the first film (after we bought the costume), so that’s not exactly instilling a love of books in him is it?
Some of the costumes that I’ve seen on Facebook and Instagram recently are absolutely amazing. Now, I am no Pinterest mum, I’m not crafty at all and have no idea how to use a sewing machine. I’ve always wanted to be that mum who can create a great costume for their child, but I’m not and honestly I haven’t got the time or patience for it. Hats off to the mums that do though!
So what do you think? What is acceptable for World Book Day? Is it OK to send them as a character that isn’t actually from a book? Or, like me, as a character from a book that they’ve never even read?
Here are a few photos of Max’s costume. I think he looked pretty cool!
Thanks for reading.