World Book Day 2014

World Book Day 2014

Yes, it's nearly that time again. This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 6 March. Somehow it always manages to creep 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 ideas

child dressup

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.

Enter our competition

Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell costume

Share a pic of your DCs dressed as their fave literary character (or in the most inspired costume you could come up with in 10 minutes) for the chance to win a Hugless Douglas Bear and bundles of books.

This year's World Book Day books

World Book Day books

Find out more about the 10 special edition books children can buy with their £1 World Book Day token this year at participating bookshops. Including Emily Gravett's Little Book Day Parade, Fun with the Worst Witch and The Boy in the Smoke.

Support independent bookshops in your area

Open sign in bookshop window

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.

What book would you give your 10-year-old self?

girl reading book

From Goodnight Mr Tom and Harry Potter to Black Beauty, Mumsnetters shared the books they'd give to their 10-year-old self. See some of the most popular responses, and tell us your own favourites on Talk.

Join in with Children's book club

Children's books

The Mumsnet children's book club suggests great reads for a variety of ages, gives you the chance to get free books, share your thoughts (and your child's feedback) on Talk, chat to authors and enter competitions.

Teaching your child to read

Baby holding large book

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.

Children's books on Talk

Girl reading

Are the Hunger Games books too mature for Year 6 children? Struggling to find a children's book with a feisty female character? Share your thoughts and queries on children's books Talk topic.