World Book Day

This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 3 March. Somehow it always creeps up on us… 

But fear not the costume conundrum – we're here to save the day with some brilliant, not to mention simple, costume ideas gleaned from years of Mumsnetters' experience. 


Costume inspiration

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Whether you're a whizz with the sewing machine or looking to pull something together last minute, Mumsnetters have an array of great costume suggestions.

Share pics of your kids in costume to win £100 book token

Share the photos of your little ones all dressed up for World Book Day for a chance to win a £100 National Book Token PLUS all 10 of the official World Book Day books!

Five easy World Book Day costumes: video

Leave last year's desperate last-minute costume scramble behind. These five easy World Book Day costume ideas from Puffin Books are bound to impress.

This year's WBD books

Find out more about the 10 special edition books children can buy with their £1 World Book Day token this year. Including Kipper's Visitor, Star Wars: Adventures In Wild Space, and more from the likes of Roald Dahl and Rainbow Rowell.

Encouraging your child to read

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From reading together, to recommending books they'll love, there's a variety of ways to help your child learn to read – and enjoy it. See our facts and tips for guiding them through the stages.

The books no child should grow up without

Girl reading

We asked, you answered. Here are the books that no childhood should lack, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Harry Potter.

Children's Book Club

Children's books

Head over to our children's book club to find all the latest news on the best books for kids of all ages, from tiny tots to teens.

Support independent bookshops in your area

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What better way to celebrate World Book Day than by supporting your local independent bookshop? Our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch where you are.