Parents who have toiled over intricate costumes for their children have spoken of their dismay as the snow meant World Book Day events were cancelled across the country. Some schools remained open, but called off the dressing-up event because they feared pupils would get too cold in their fancy dress. Others have closed altogether, and parents have worried the effort that has gone into the costumes was wasted. Hundreds of schools have been closed this week due to snow storms, with red weather warnings issued by the Met Office for some parts of the country. Many parents have let their children dress up in their costumes anyway during their "snow days" at home, and have set up fun activities in the home such as themed painting. Poor Sophia missed #worldbookday at her school today, closed due to bad weather. But hay, that didn't stop my "little lass" trying on her costume! ☠💣💎🗡 pic.twitter.com/DioHk6tZM9— Liv (@HeeromaLavinia) March 1, 2018 … [Read more...] about Parents fret as World Book Day costumes wasted as schools closed and events cancelled due to snow
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Top children's authors have hit out at World Book Day for picking £1 titles by a "clutch of celebrities" for next year's event. In a post online David Almond, author of Skellig, wrote that "the nation's children are being shortchanged" by the decision to include four celebrity names among the ten chosen books. Mr Almond added that "authors and illustrators are being scorned" by the selection, which includes books by comedians, TV presenters and former musicians. His criticism was echoed by children's and young adult authors including Anthony McGowan and Philip Pullman. The ten titles for the event include books by comedian Julian Clary, Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and sports presenter Clare Balding. Tom Fletcher, formerly of the band McFly, is also listed, as are more established children's authors Roger Hargreaves and Michael Bond. Mr Almond, who contributed a book for this year's World Book Day event, told the Daily Telegraph: … [Read more...] about Authors hit out at World Book Day for picking too many celebrity writers
Around the world, a wonderful thing is happening: children are getting excited about reading and literature. For their parents, however, this comes with a slight challenge: what to dress them in for 2017 World Book Day on March 2nd? Every year people combine their children's imagination with the realms of practicality, and that's before tackling whatever theme the school has decided upon that year and playground competition. What happens in times like this? Naturally, people take to social media to chart their literary character trials, tribulations and triumphs. Introducing the seven stages of World Book Day costuming: 1. Discovering World Book Day is approaching Only the remarkably organised actually remember when World Book Day is, let alone plan for it. For everyone else, it's discovering the reminder letter in the bottom of their child's book bag: World book day tomorrow, not only do I have a child to sort a costume for but also a husband who is highly … [Read more...] about World Book Day costumes: A parent’s 7 stages of crisis
The goal is to encourage our children to read; a noble aim, of course. So why is World Book Day, which rolls around this Thursday, so fraught with emotion and angst? It’s one of those things, like school places and epidurals, whose significance is impossible to appreciate until you’ve joined the parenting club. Until then you’ll look on dumbfounded while every parent you know is getting weirdly worked up. This year, it’s my first time, by which I mean it’s my children’s first time. But what I’ve come to realise is, this isn’t about them; it’s about us and our ability to throw a perfect costume together in between doing our day jobs, making the dinner, tidying the Lego away and having a nervous breakdown. It’s about whether we can do it all. If we can possibly produce a freshly baked batch of fairy cakes and get the dog wormed at the same time, then all the better. So what do I do? The instruction I’ve been issued by the … [Read more...] about 8 Reasons why mums can never win on World Book Day
“Mum, you do know it’s World Book Day on Thursday?” a child casually mentions and your averagely disorganised parent is thrust into panic. First there is disbelief. It cannot, cannot be a year since the last one. What should be a wonderful celebration of reading has turned into a festival of failure and self-recrimination as yet again you’ve failed to conjure up a Where’s Wally/Oompa-Lompa/Pippi Longstocking costume out of your well-stocked remnants cupboard and vast literary imagination. Then comes the mortification as you experience flashbacks of past fails – for me, the lacrosse stick hastily fashioned from the cardboard inner-tube from a roll of wrapping paper and a washing powder net for... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about World Book Day panic? Read these 20 (ish)-minute costume hacks
A mother from Bristol and her young son have taken the internet by storm thanks to an imaginative World Book Day costume effort. Vicki Bowles shared pictures of her son dressed in a home-made replica of the Argos catalogue - telling her Facebook followers she "wanted do something different." My sons world book day costume .. well it is his favorite book !! @Argos_Online pic.twitter.com/mWCv3ob69F— vicki bowles (@bowlzybowles) 2 March 2017 Speaking to the Sun Online she added: “He loves reading it and telling me what toys he wants. “The reaction has been amazing, got stopped by so many people on the way to school. She even received a tweet from an Argos representative, who described the costume as "amazing". She's not the first parent to turn to the Argos catalogue on World Book Day; in 2016 comedian Joe Heenan tweeted this picture of his children: #WorldBookDay pic.twitter.com/5JHnHlRbte— joe heenan (@joeheenan) March 3, 2016 … [Read more...] about Boy’s hilarious World Book Day costume wins praise online
Last year Telegraph writers put together a list of the 100 novels everyone should read. From their selection, we've taken the most-recommended works to produce this condensed shortlist of 20 must-read works of fiction for World Book Day. How many have you read? Let the world know how you get on by sharing your result on Facebook. • World Book Day: why we should be reading more YA books from around the world World Book Day: 17 of the best costumes … [Read more...] about 20 novels everyone should read for World Book Day. How many can you tick off?
When is World Book Day 2017? This year, World Book Day is on Thursday March 2. What is World Book Day? An annual celebration of reading that takes place in over 100 countries worldwide, the event is organised UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Aimed predominantly at children, in the UK and Ireland World Book Day promotes the enjoyment of literature through book voucher giveaways – only, alas, to children – the publication of specially priced £1.00 books, and reading and author-based events and parties across the country. Where can my children get their book tokens and how long are they valid for? The £1.00 books tokens, which are usually given to children by their schools, are valid from Monday 27 to February Sunday March 26 2017. What are the £1.00 books? Each year, a number of titles, including some new works by favourite children's authors, are made available to … [Read more...] about When is World Book Day 2017, what are the £1 books and do my children really have to dress up?
WHERE'S Wally is a great costume idea for children who haven’t learnt to read, or just any fan of the popular kid’s book. For World Book Day on March 1, why not dress your kid as the exploring character? Here’s the best ones to buy, and how to make one yourself. Where can I buy a Where's Wally costume? If your child wants to dress as the colourful explorer, there are plenty of options on the high street. Smiffys, the popular fancy dress manufacturer, offer two options - £22.49 for Where's Wenda, and £24.99 for Where's Wally. Otherwise, many supermarkets or other online retailers have a cheaper option. Asda costs £15 for ages 5-6, and £16 for the larger options, until 12-years-old. Tesco’s option costs £15 for every sizes up until 11-12 years, which then costs £16. Party Delights are great for costumes, and their option costs £18.99 for ages 4-12, and £23.99 for ages 12-14, if your teen is also a fan of the book. The … [Read more...] about Where’s Wally costume for World Book Day 2018
WORLD Book Day is almost here and parents everywhere will be putting the finishing touches to their children's costumes for Thursday's dress up day. But if you are not a dab hand with a sewing machine, or one of those mums who can magic up a brilliant Dr Seuss ensemble from a discarded shirt, don't panic. Tesco have a brilliant range of kids' costumes - including Roald Dahl characters - and they're currently in the sale. There's a blue Matilda dress, adorned with books, which comes with a little bag. If your daughter is the more rebellious type, she might prefer the Mrs Twit outfit, from Dahl's classic The Twits. The green belted dress comes with a walking stick which is actually made of foam, so there's no fear of injury in the playground. MOST READ IN FABULOUSWHAT A WHOPPER! Bigger penises 'are more satisfying' — and all the other sex myths BUSTED TAN-TASTIC! This is the best selling fake tan in the WORLD and it only launched 4 weeks ago TAXI SERVICE Randy passenger lifts lid … [Read more...] about Tesco is selling Matilda and Mrs Twit outfits for World Book Day at £11.20