World Book Day is an annual celebration of reading, storytelling, and the magic of books, observed by children and adults around the globe. For parents of younger children, World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, presents a wonderful opportunity to ignite a love of reading and imagination in their little ones. In this blog post, we'll explore how to make the most of World Book Day with younger children, including engaging activities to do at home, themed places to visit in the UK, and creative costume ideas that will bring their favourite book characters to life.

  1. Activities to Do at Home:

    • Storytime Picnic: Set up a cozy indoor picnic with blankets and cushions, and invite your child to choose their favorite books for a special storytime session.

    • Book Character Craft: Encourage creativity by making book character crafts inspired by your child's favorite stories. Whether it's creating paper plate masks, puppets, or costumes, let their imagination soar.

    • Storybook Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items or characters from different books and hide them around the house for a fun scavenger hunt. Children can search for the items while recalling the stories they're from.

  2. Themed Places to Visit in the UK:

    • Bookstore Adventures: Take your little bookworm on a trip to a local bookstore or library. Many bookshops host special World Book Day events, including storytelling sessions, book signings, and themed activities.

    • Literary Landmarks: Explore UK landmarks and attractions inspired by beloved children's books, such as Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm in the Lake District or the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire. Many National Trust spaces host story themed walks so check out your local spot! 

    • Storybook Gardens: Visit themed gardens and parks that bring children's stories to life, such as the Peter Rabbit Garden in the Lake District or the Enchanted Forest at Brodick Castle in Scotland.

  3. Best Costumes for World Book Day:

    • Harry Potter: Transform your child into a wizard from the magical world of Harry Potter with a robe, scarf, glasses, and wand.

    • The Gruffalo: Bring the beloved character from Julia Donaldson's book to life with a brown hoodie, felt ears, and painted-on spikes.

    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Create a colorful costume inspired by Eric Carle's classic book with a green outfit adorned with felt or paper cutouts of fruits and foods.

World Book Day is a magical opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and storytelling with younger children. Whether you're engaging in fun activities at home, exploring themed places in the UK, or dressing up as beloved book characters, there are endless ways to make World Book Day a memorable and enchanting experience for your little ones. So, embrace the magic of books, ignite their imagination, and create lasting memories that celebrate the wonder of reading!

February 17, 2024 — Lucy Estherby