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Celebrating World Book Day

Posted on 3rd February 2015
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Celebrating World Book Day

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World Book Day and Book Week are a celebration of reading for pleasure and it’s a time when schools, libraries and venues all over the UK hold events and activities aimed at encouraging children to read in-order that they can discover the pleasure and escapism that reading can offer.  Children of all ages are encouraged to explore school and local libraries as well as bookshops with many discovering the joy of reading and even writing their own stories for the first time. 
This children’s celebration of all things literary usually takes place around World Book Day, which is held on the first Thursday in March of every year. Coordinated activities often involve costume dress-up as a character from a favourite children's book and this can be anything from any of the characters created by Roald Dahl, the Gruffalo, the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar to any of the characters from Harry Potter.  Why dressing-up days? Well it’s a great way to get children interested in the character they’ve chosen and they can be more easily pointed in the direction of reading the book in order to discover more about the way their character behaves and the adventures they have.  
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A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to discover and in most cases, continue to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have their very own book. Therefore to mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day book token which can be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day book titles, or which can be redeemed against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.
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At Karnival Costumes we whole heartedly support the aims of World Book Day and Book Week in the move towards getting all children to discover the pleasure of reading. To help you get ready for your school’s dress up day, we’ve a complete section devoted to bookweek costumes and fancy dress. And this is not limited to children only. We love the idea of teachers, librarians and even shop assistants dressing up in their favourite storybook costumes and sharing their enthusiasm for the character with all around.
We also recognise that continually buying costumes for school days can be quite expensive so lookout for our special discount codes which we will run during February. See our Facebook page for more details.

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