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It’s World Book Night This Saturday! Comments Off on It’s World Book Night This Saturday!

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


This weekend is World Book Night! World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books, taking place on April 23rd. Volunteers give away books in their communities to share their love of reading with friends, colleagues and.. well, just people they meet in the street! It’s a brilliant initiative to encourage people to read for pleasure.

It’s a relatively young celebration; it was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in March 2011, and from 2012 it was moved to April 23rd. Why April 23rd? Well, that is the international day of the book and the probably birth and death date of William Shakespeare. When better to celebrate a love of all things bookish?

This year’s books are:

  • Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hillary
  • Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe
  • Band of Brothers by Stephen E Ambrose
  • Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse
  • I Can’t Begin to Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan
  • Treachery by SJ Parris
  • A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
  • Last Bus to Coffeeville by J Paul Henderson
  • Now You See Me by Sharon Bolt
  • Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

It’s a really wide and diverse range of books with the idea of getting more people involved in reading and books. Can you believe that 36% of the population do not regularly read for pleasure or own books? The idea of World Book Night is to choose books that are very compelling and highly readable with a strong narrative – the kind of book that might draw in someone who doesn’t normally read books.

It’s too late now to apply to be a volunteer and give out World Book Night books, but if you’d like to provide copies of your own book to give away you can register this on their website.

A report last year found that World Book Night has encouraged more people to read. Apparently 98% of people who received free books  in 2015’s World Book Night said they were pleased to receive them, and many of them reported a change in their reading habits. What great news!

Of course, if you really wanted to celebrate World Book Night in style, you could dress up as your favourite character from a book! Check out our guide to fancy dress for World Book Night.

World Book Night: Five Top Costumes Comments Off on World Book Night: Five Top Costumes

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

world book night costume


This Thursday 23rd April is World Book Night. This is an annual celebration of reading where volunteers all over the UK hand out thousands of free books to people in their community. Unlike World Book Day, this is a more grown-up affair aimed at encouraging adults to read more.

So, which character will you choose to dress as? Here are our five favourite costumes for World Book Night…


1. The Wicked Witch of the West

Everyone thinks of the Wicked Witch of the West as being from The Wizard of Oz – which she was, originally –  but Wicked: The Live and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was published in 1995, and has since been made into a hit musical. The trick to being recognised as the Wicked Witch of the West, as opposed to any other witch, is the green skin.


2. Darth Vader

We know the films are incredibly famous, but there is also a series of books and graphic novels – and one is named The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. Only a real die-hard Star Wars fan will have read all the books though – but who could pass up a chance to be Darth Vader for the night?


3. Snow White

Before Walt Disney got his hands on her, Snow White was a well-loved story book character, originating from a German fairy tale. She first appeared in Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812 – however the dwarves were not given names until the story was made into a Broadway play in 1912, and then Disney gave them different names when they released their iconic cartoon of the story in 1937.


4. Captain Hook

Peter Pan’s archenemy might be best known for his representations on screen, but he originally came to life in the pages of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow up published in 1904. Hook is famously followed relentlessly by the crocodile who ate his hand (cut off by Peter Pan), but the ticking clock it has swallowed always alerts Hook to its presence. If you’re going to do this costume right, you should get a toy crocodile to “follow” you around.

5. Tinker Bell

As with Hook, Tinker Bell first came to lift as a character in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan book. In the book, it is explained that a fairy’s size prevents her from having one feeling at a time – and she is sometimes ill-tempered, spoilt, jealous and vindictive.


Whatever you are doing this World Book Night, make sure it involves a book!

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