Millions of children across the world will be celebrating World Book Day today, with many arriving at schools all over the UK in costumes resembling their favourite characters from Roald Dahl’s the Duke of Hampshire to Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
World Book Day is usually held on the first Thursday in March and as well as experimenting with their dressing up box, children will receive National Book Tokens that they can redeem on a selection of books, or to get money off others.
Cricketer Ben Stokes also provided inspiration today with one youngster imitating the book cover of his 2019 book ‘On Fire: My Story of England’s Summer to Remember.’
As children don their best fancy dress, it was today revealed that fewer children and young people are reading daily and enjoying reading than ever before.
In 2019 only 25.8 per cent of children said they ready in their free time – the lowest level recorded since 2005, the National Literary Trust says.
Throughout the day authors will visit schools up and down the country to promote books and reading alike.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Made up of two sets of triplets and twin brothers from the same primary school class from Woodham Walter Primary in Danbury, Essex. Identical triplet brothers Kuzey, Koray and Ayaz Cerikci, all five, struck up a bond with non-identical five-year-old triplet sisters Isabella, Sophia-Lorenza and Celestina Smith and non-identical twin brothers Bobby and Freddie Cornett, four, last September
Little Michael Osmond (left) aged eight, today dressed up as the Duke of Hampshire from Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
One youngster took inspiration from cricketer Ben Stokes and imitated his 2019 book cover
Harry Potter inspired costumes proved to be a firm favorite today with one little girl (left) dressing up as Luna Lovegood and a young boy dressing as Harry Potter (right)
Today a group of friends at one school in Essex stunned their school mates when they turned up dressed as the characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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Triplet brothers Kuzey, Koray and Ayaz Cerikci, all five, struck up a bond with five-year-old triplet sisters Isabella, Sophia-Lorenza and Celestina Smith and twin brothers Bobby and Freddie Cornett, four, last September when the youngsters all enrolled in the same reception class – despite there only being 103 children in the whole school.
Sue Dodd, headteacher at Woodham Walter Primary School, said: ‘We are in the unusual position of having two sets of triplets and a set of twins in a very small class.
‘They are all delightful children, as are the rest of the cohort.
The children are seen all dressed up (above) and are wearing t-shirts to confirm which character they are
Eight-year-old Noa (left) and her brother River, six, (right) dressed as the Lorax and the Grinch today as their school in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, had a Dr Seuss theme
Zachary as Farmer Bunce from Fantastic Mr Fox (left) and one little girl was dressed as Mary Poppins
Harley, 7, looked super cool this morning as her attended school dressed as Horrid Henry, complete with his Horrid Henry’s Haunted House book
‘Reading is a strength of our school and this term the children have taken part in World Book Day.
‘The triplets and twins love books and relish any opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters.
‘It was lovely seeing them beginning their reading journey with so much enthusiasm and excitement.’
In Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, eight-year-old Noa and her brother River Dowling, six, dressed as the Lorax and the Grinch today as their school had a Dr Seuss theme.
Noa wore all orange with a tutu, while River wore all green and had his face painted.
2020 marks the 23rd year that there has been a World Book Day and the celebration is marked all over the world.
Oompa loompa doompety doo I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you: These two youngsters took inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
One little girl took inspiration from Roald Dahl’s the BFG and dressed as the character Sophie who wears a night gown for the majority of the book
Mother Sian Hewitt is proud of Joshua, 3 (The Tiger Who Came To Tea) and Nancy, 2 (My Little Elmer)
One youngster dressed as Mr Bean and another dressed as Tyson Fury – the book is placed an a side table
It’s a celebration of reading and the writing and illustrators who help the stories come to life.
World Book Day was first created on 23 April 1995 by UNESCO in order to help young people discover the pleasure of reading.
In the UK and Ireland, the first World Book Day was celebrated in 1997 to promote reading for fun.
Its founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck said : ‘We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.’
The charity behind World Book Day is also encouraging people to help a nationwide effort to ‘share a million stories’.
The challenge involves reading or being read to for at least ten minutes, with every person who hears the story counting towards the one million target.
At the beginning of World Book Day more than 180,000 stories have already been ‘shared’ as part of the campaign, which began on February 27 and runs until March 29.
Cassie Chadderton, chief executive of World Book Day, said: ‘Year on year, the evidence grows that World Book Day is having a positive impact on the reading behaviour of our children and young people.
‘By putting more books directly into the hands of children and young people and, at the same time, encouraging everyone, everywhere to get into the habit of sharing stories regularly, World Book Day is helping create readers for life.’
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‘It’s a Tinker Bell kinda day!’ Amanda Holden gets into character as Peter Pan’s fairy sidekick while Rochelle Humes’ daughters dress as their favourite fictional figures for World Book Day
Amanda Holden led the way on Thursday morning as celebrities celebrated World Book Day across social media.
Famed for her youthful looks, the Heart Radio presenter paid tribute to evergreen children’s character Peter Pan by dressing up as Tinker Bell.
Sporting the character’s lime-green outfit and fairy wings, Amanda struck a pose after making her way into the radio station’s central
Rochelle and Marvin Humes’ children Alaia-Mai, six, and Valentina, two, also joined in the fun by pulling on costumes dedicated to their favourite characters.
Taking to Instagram. Rochelle, 30, posted two snaps of her daughter dressed respectively as popular children’s character Matilda and animated bunny Bing.
Elsewhere Loose Women star Stacey Solomon ensured son Leighton celebrated World Book Day by dressing him up as one of one of English fiction’s most iconic creations.
Taking to Instagram, Stacey, 30, shared a snap of her second son clad in a Harry Potter cape and spectacles, and effect created with a special filter.
Former TOWIE star Amy Childs also joined the celebrity tributes on Thursday morning, with daughter Polly, two, getting into character as Beauty And The Beast character Belle.
Lovely: Rochelle and Marvin Humes’ children Valentina (L) and Alaia-Mai (R) also joined in the fun on Thursday morning by dressing as animated bunny Bing and popular children’s character Matilda
He’ll cast a spell on you: Elsewhere Loose Women star Stacey Solomon ensured son Leighton celebrated World Book Day by dressing him up as one of one of English fiction’s most iconic creations, Harry Potter