Change lives with your World Book Day dress up

Every year people around the UK world come together to celebrate the power of reading on World Book Day. Here in the UK, children receive free books and schools hold all sorts of events – from making their own stories to having a visit from an author. 

But around the world, millions of children can’t join in the celebrations because they don’t have books. At home, poverty prevents families from buying books, in schools children often share an old textbook between over a dozen pupils and even public libraries have only a few out of date books. Many children have never even seen a children’s book before.

Book Aid International believes that everyone, especially children, has a right to access to books. Every year, the charity sends around one million brand new, carefully selected books to libraries, schools, universities, refugee camps, prisons and hospitals around the world.

On World Book Day, thousands of families and schools join the charity in its mission, donating £1 to dress up as a favourite book character or even holding a fundraising event. Last year, schools and families raised over £140,000 and this year the charity hopes that families across the UK will raise even more.  

If you’d like to be a part of creating a world where everyone can experience the joy of reading, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Remember, it costs just £2 to send a book so every donation counts!


43 quick, easy DIY dress-up guides that also change lives

One of the most popular ways to support readers around the world on World Book Day is to donate £1 when your child dresses up for school.

To make dressing up as easy as possible, the charity offers 43 DIY, no-sew dress up guides – many of which can be assembled without looking any further than the wardrobe or kitchen cupboard and even come with how-to videos!

With costume guides ranging from Tris from Divergent to Peter Rabbit to Mr Twit, there’s something for everyone!

View the full list of costumes

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Here’s one I love – Peter Rabbit:


Hold a fundraising event

From booky bake sales to book swaps to holding a booky quiz, there are plenty of fun ways to fundraise for Book Aid International. Find out more


Find out more

Looking for ideas for your local school or just to learn a bit more? Book Aid International has plenty of information available. Visit or contact the charity directly:, 020 7733 3577.


Enter London Mums World Book Day competition here.

Win a book lovers’ bundle with Book Aid International

For more World Book Day dress up inspiration check more London Mums features here:

World Book Day Costume ideas

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