World Book Day 2021 is on Thursday 4 March. There’s 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
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:
“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.
- 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:
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
Lily 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.
In 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 pictured here as Woody from Combat Zone.
- rugby / stripy top
- shorts / tracksuit bottoms
- trainers / rugby boots
- mouth shield / head guard
- green top & trousers
- black boots
- print out this medal
- 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
- plainish onesie or dungarees
- helmet with pipes coming out of it
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:
I am sorry, I am fully booked up for school visits on World Book Day 2020.
“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.” Ofsted