What world book day means to me

What world book day means to me


World Book Day is the first Thursday of every month, which means that this year, it lands on my 30th birthday! I’ve probably not thought too much about what it means to me since around my 11th birthday… but up until then it was something to look forward to every year. My primary school in the midlands took things pretty seriously – there was dressing up, book swaps, games, plays and film adaptations, and librarians and other guests would come in to read and talk to us. For me – a sort of Peter Pan who never wanted to grow out of the world of stories (I went on to study English literature at uni) – it was basically a day off.

My top 3 characters that I remember going as were:

  • Tracy Beaker (Jacqueline Wilson, 1991). Pretty sure I just wore my normal clothes and made my hair curly. An easy one!

  • The Worst Witch (Jill Murphy, 1974). Recycling a Halloween costume and being able to have a broomstick on the playground. What’s not to love.

  • Elmer the Patchwork Elephant (David McKee, 1968). This required a little imagination, and a lot of colours.


Thinking about it this year, how great would it be if everyone (not just children) stopped for a day to read, talk about their favourite books and characters, swap stories and put on silly clothes? I feel like it would only do everyone some good. Maybe I’ll throw myself a themed party…

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