Across the world from early March through to April there is an international celebrartion of books and reading held in over 100 countries. World Book Day is a worldwide initiative from UNESCO designed to celebrate the wonderful world of literature. The special day gives students, parents and teachers the opportunity to learn, educate and laud their favourite literary characters, heroes and stories in a fun and interactive way. The roots of World Book Day date back to the early 1900's in Catalonia, Spain where roses and books were exchanged between loved ones on the 23rd of April. When the celebration became an international event the date was choosen due to the fact that it bore a special relevance to literary greats William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes as it marked the anniversary of their deaths. In the UK World Book Day is held on the first Thurday of March, in 2011 the date is March 3rd.
In recent years it has become a very common tradition in schools for both children and teachers alike to dress up in fun fancy dress to celebrate the day. At Escapade we have a fantastic collection of world book day costumes for kids, and a great collection of fancy dress costumes for teachers, which will help to bring the magic of the day to life.
View our collection of childrens world book day costumes
Bringing your children's favourite literary characters to life couldn't be easier with our fantastic collection of children's literary costumes. Whether your child want's to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, or even William Shakespeare himself we have a great collection of kids fancy dress costumes perfect for world book day. From the characters of the world's best loved fairy tales to literary favourites like Oliver there is something for everyone in our World Book Day childrens range.
Dressing up on world book day isn't just for the kids and teachers don't think that we have forgotten you for one second! We have a fantastic collection of costumes, which can help all of the teachers out there bring the magic of the event to life. Embrace the fun of the day and browse through our great collection of adult fairy tale costumes; if you can't find what you are looking for there then our collection of historical fancy dress is another great place to search for setting the perfect theme. We also have a great selection of Disney themed costumes for instantly recognizable and popular characters. Whatever you decide to dress up as this year, have a fantastic World Book Day from all of us at Escapade.