World Book Day

World Book Day 2021 is on Thursday 4  March.

I am delighted to be working with Anne Frank Trust on this World Book Day event on March 4th, exclusively for primary school students in the UK.  More information and book here.

There are lots of free fun quizzes, colouring and a powerpoint for schools to download here and downloadable posters to print for displays or bunting here.  Or try these World Book Day dress up ideas …


Stuck for ideas on costumes? I have written about a variety of characters and I hope there will be something for everyone here to dress up as a character from my books …

Dress up as a footballer from Football Academy or go to school in your rugby kit as Woody, Owen or Rory from Rugby Academy.  Or how about a soldier, pilot, dressing as Iron-age, Viking, Anglo-Saxon or Roman person child from one of my books. There’s lots of ideas below:

Thanks Toby Naidoo from Queensland Australia for sending me a photo of your fantastic book week outfit …  Private Emile Corteil served in the Parachute Battalion with ‘Para Dog’ Glen and took part in the D-Day landings to Normandy on 6 June 1944 and is a character in my book D-Day Dog. 

Lily and the fell runners from Armistice Runner

“Lily” from Newlands School

If you enjoy running with a club or can borrow a running vest & shorts or hoodie and leggings with trainers, you could be Lily and one of her team mates from Armistice Runner.  Maybe add a medal round your neck or pin a paper number to your top.


Jake and the team from Football Academy:  

Albie is ... Jake Oldfield
Albie is … Jake Oldfield

“The only character that my son, Albie (aged 7 and in Year 3) wanted to dress up as on World Book Day was Jake Oldfield from Boys United. I was happy to customize a shirt for him, and he couldn’t have been prouder as he went through the school gates this morning.”   Emma

  • football top (ideally red) but other colours could be the away kit.
  • shorts
  • socks
  • footboots or trainers
  • a Football Academy book – borrow one from your local library or print a picture of the cover off here

Here’s Peterborough United Football Club’s World Book Day film …

The characters in Football Academy are from a wide range of family backgrounds see the team list here for all their details.

Other footballers in my books:

Bismark Boateng
Bismark Boateng

Kofi Danquah is a brilliant young African player from a family of cocoa farmers.  With Danny’s help he ends up being signed by a top UK club. (Bi
smark Boateng,
the player who I met and based my character Kofi Danquah on, is now on the books of Manchester City and is currently on loan in Norway).

  • any premier league top
  • a bar of fairtrade chocolate
  • a copy of Offside cover here 


Secret FCLily  loves playing football in Secret FC

  • any sporty top and trainers
  • a copy of Secret FC cover here


There are other sporty and brave spying girls in my Squad books Black Op and White Fear more here.


White Fear coverIn White Fear (sorry, spoiler coming) Lesh is in a wheelchair but he still plays a vital role in the Squad team  with his skills in gadgetry and computer systems to prevent an international war breaking out.

  • a wheelchair
  • a gadget or laptop


Woody and the team from Rugby Academy

Theo is Woody
Theo is … Woody

Theo pictured here as Woody from Combat Zone.

Kit tips

  • rugby / stripy top
  • shorts / tracksuit bottoms
  • trainers / rugby boots
  • mouth shield / head guard



medalSoldier – like Jack in my book Over the Line, who served in the footballer’s battallion from the First World War.

Kit ideas:

  • green top & trousers
  • black boots
  • print out this medal

Pilots – like Jatinder in my book Flyboy or Greg in Spitfire

Kit tips

  • swimming goggles
  • hat with ear flaps
  • heavy jacket

you could even make a cardboard sopwith camel or spitfire to wear


Modern day pilots – like Jess and Maddie in Typhoon

Kit suggestions:

  • plainish onesie or dungarees
  • jacket
  • helmet with pipes coming out of it


Toby is … Private Emile Corteil

Parachutist like Private Emile Corteil who served in the Parachute Battalion with ‘Para Dog’ Glen and took part in the D-Day landings to Normandy on 6 June 1944 and is a character in my book D-Day Dog. (Thanks for the photo Toby Naidoo from Queensland Australia)

Nadiya and Seth super ghost hunters from Defenders:

If you want to go further back in time, how about dressing up as one of the ghostly visions seen by Nadiya and Seth in my Defenders series:

Killing Ground (Vikings & Anglo Saxons) 
Dark Arena  (Roman Britain) 
Pitch Invasion  (Iron Age Celts)


I am sorry, I am fully booked up for school visits on World Book Day 2020.

Get in touch if you’d like me to send your school a world book day message.   Email me for more information here or use my contact form here.

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