A World Book Day Cop Out?

World Book Day

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.



  1. March 12, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I’m useless at this sort of thing and we normally cobble something together from the dressing up clothes we have. I’m not sure how the dressing up bit became bigger than the ‘book’ bit but it kind of feels that way, don’t you think? We do try to stick to book characters though it’s surprising how many easy characters you can come up with even from old Halloween costumes – Funny Bones, Winnie the Witch, Puss in Boots etc!

  2. March 12, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Your little boy looks super dashing as Harry! While I agree that it’s a great way to instill a love of books into children, I do feel like it can be a bit forced if the child doesn’t read the books but has to wear a particular costume. I feel like there’s too much pressure on mothers these days to comply with all of these random days at schools – Wacky Hair Day, Pyjamas Day, so on and so forth. My mum is a whiz at the sewing machine, but it was too much effort for her when she had to look after all three of us as a single mum and other things were more important to deal with, such as feeding us and helping us with our homework.

    I did go as Hermione one time, though, using a cheap cloak that we had in our dress up box and stitching the Gryffindor emblem onto the front, and my school uniform sans the jumper.

    Stephii Mattea xx

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