Share A Story with 14 Days of Books

For World Book Day 2020, we wanted to #ShareAStory with you all, so we’ve listed 14 books that we love and think would be a great read for World Book Day. Whether you’re a teacher or parent, our 14 days of books campaign may help you discover new stories for literacy lessons, preschool days or even for the bedtime routine. Take a scroll below to find our favourites, and remember to #ShareAStory this book week!

1. Bing’s Splashy Story

Child wearing Bing costume with Bing's Splishy Splashy Story book cover.

This is one of 2020’s World Book Day books that you can grab with one of your little one’s national book tokens for just £1 – what a bargain! Bing the bunny is a firm favourite amongst toddlers and infants, so is a great read for those who are just starting out.

2. Cat in the Hat

Two children wearing Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes next to the "Cat in the Hat" book cover.

By Dr Seuss, we must always pass on classic tales, especially from this rhyme master! If your little one is looking for a World Book Day character to dress up as with a friend or sibling, this is certainly the one.

3. Claude

Child wearing a red Claude dog costume for World Book Day next to the book cover.

Claude books by Alex T Smith feature Claude the dog, the main protagonist and his best friend “Sir Bobblysock” and follows their adventures. With a series of twelve books, it’s a perfect way to get your 7-9-year old back into reading. For World Book Day 2020, the Claude costume is brand new to fancydress.com.

4. Horrid Henry

Child wearing a blue and yellow Horrid Henry costume next to the book cover.

The story of a naughty prankster, Horrid Henry is much like Dennis the Menace, only maybe a little bit naughtier. Henry has quite an attitude, but children are particularly fond of his mischief-making adventures. This officially licensed outfit is one of the ultimate World Book Day costumes for boys, and it’s quite a comfortable one too! So if you know a little terror, get going and share a story!

5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Two children wearing Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck costume next to "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" book.

It’s important to pass down beloved favourites with the younger generation, whether you are a teacher or parent. Feel the joy of sharing your childhood with Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales. These nursery stories are rather quaint, very British, and most of all, heart-warming. Peter also has had a reboot with 2 animated movies, so make sure you share the story on.

6. The Day the Crayons Quit

A man and woman wearing pink and blue crayon costumes next to "The Day the Crayons Quit" book cover.

This is a newer addition to children’s literature and for us at fancydress.com. This fun and clever book features the story of a box of crayons who write to their owner, Duncan, complaining about one another and how much work they do! With a letter from every colour in the box, it gives a unique costume idea for World Book Day.

7. Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Child wearing a multicoloured Elmer the Patchwork Elephant costume next to the book cover.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant has been read in primary schools for years, and author David McKee has since gone on to write many more stories for Elmer. This colourful elephant will always teach children it’s okay to be different, and this heartwarming story will always be relevant, so get sharing!

8. The Gingerbread Man

Boy wearing a brown Gingerbread Man costume next to the book cover.

This classic fairytale was popularised in the 1800s and will always go down as a children’s favourite. There are many book version you can read, but the tale is always the same. And the quote “Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread man!” will always be shouted out on the playground.

9. Gangsta Granny

Girl wearing a mauve, black and purple Gangsta Granny costume next to the David Walliams book cover.

One of Britain’s favourite comedians has started writing kids books, and they’re a hit! David Walliams is now responsible for some of the countries newest and favourite children’s books including Granda’s Great Escape, The Boy in the Dress, Ratburger, Mr Stink, Awful Auntie and Gangsta Granny! Gangsta Granny shares the tale of an old granny who plans to steal the Queen’s crown jewels. It’s funny, gripping and full of adventure – perfect for World Book Day!

10. The Twits

Girl and boy wearing "The Twits" costumes from Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl is somewhat a veteran in the world of children’s books, he has single-handedly inspired generations of children to get into reading. With titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (just to name a few) under his belt, celebrating Roald Dahl on World Book Day simply isn’t enough! Roald Dahl even has his own dedicated day! The Twits is a funny and disgusting story of two old tricksters, and these costumes are a hilarious choice for book week, so go ahead and share a story.

11. What the Ladybird Heard

Girl wearing a black and red Ladybird costume next to the "What the Ladybird Heard" book cover.

This story is growing in popularity, so share it this World Book Day with your children! “What the Ladybird Heard” by Julia Donaldson is a newer addition to her library of tales, and it’s an easy costume for your little one to pull off for book day.

12. Where’s Wally?

Man and boy wearing matching "Where's Wally?" costumes next to the book cover.

These stories have been popular since their release in the 80s. Where’s Wally? along with his friend, Wenda, are fantastic search and find books, and are a great option for kids who aren’t really into books. With his infamous bobble hat, glasses and striped top, Wally is truly a pop culture icon.

13. How To Train Your Dragon

Girl and boy wearing Toothless dragon and Astrid costumes next to the How To Train Your Dragon book cover.

Perfect for key stage two readers, the How To Train Your Dragon book series was made even more popular by the animated movies by DreamWorks. They feature the adventures of Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless and later on Astrid & Light Fury are introduced. A fantasy tale with lots of magic, experiences and thrills, these character costumes are perfect for those celebrating World Book Day.

14. The Wonky Donkey

Child wearing a grey Donkey costume for World Book Day next to "The Wonky Donkey" book cover.

This hilarious rhyming book went viral in recent years! This donkey sure does go on a journey – you can’t say too much about this book without giving away the entire plot, but we can assure you it will make your kids (and yourself) giggle. Share this one with your parent or teacher friends too, they’re guaranteed to love it.

So here are our favourite 14 books we’re sharing with you throughout World Book Day 2020. Don’t forget to #ShareAStory with your kids or students to encourage the love of reading in the future generation. Are you prepared for World Book Day on 5th March? Grab a costume here, or find more unique and popular dress up ideas for kids and teachers from us.

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