World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to promote reading, publishing and copyright on April 23rd each year. In the United Kingdom, World Book Day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. So I guess you can have two Bookish celebrations a year.
World Book Day in March tends to focus on children but there's no reason that little kids should have all the fun.
Book Party Ideas
First, decide whether you are going to choose one book and organise your party around that as your theme with decorations, dressing up as the characters and some role play and games.
A single book or author works if you and your friends know and share a love of that author's work – anything from Jane Austen to Michael Crichton.
You could be a demanding host and send them a copy of your favourite book with the invitation, telling them they must read it as preparation for the party.
On the other extreme, you could ask that everyone brings along their favourite children's picture book from their childhood (or adulthood), dresses the part and reads it aloud. You'll learn a lot about each other and it will be interesting to see if more than one person brings the same book.
Book Party Costumes
- Party Pieces have lots of children's costumes for World Book Day including a special selection of Roald Dahl character costumes.
- Angels Fancy Dress – the leading fancy dress shop in the UK with costumes for every occasion. Top quality costumes, they deliver UK and international. See their World Book Day costumes
- Jokers Masquerade – A large range of high quality fancy dress costumes and accessories. Based in England with UK wide and international delivery, (excluding U.S and Canada). Check out their World Book Day costumes.
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