What is World Book Day?

It is a day to encourage children’s reading. Events are held across the UK to encourage children to talk about books such as dressing up as their favourite character. Many kids receive a voucher to get a sponsored book for £1 or £1 off a book of their choice.

Many publishers and other sponsors will host competitions so it is worth checking social media. Last year, I won the box set of “Percy Jackson” by Rick Riordan from Write Children’s Books For Children who ran hourly competitions on Twitter!

The Jolly Postman

This year, my son has chosen to be “The Jolly Postman” by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. He loves the books which are interactive and every other page is an envelope with a letter inside (or card, puzzle or mini book, etc). Plus, he has a red bike – very cool to a 4-year-old!

He has:

  • The Jolly Postman (blue version)
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman (red version)


Both books were bought by Noah’s aunty Hev (you can follow her blog “This Pug Can” by clicking here). No prizes for guessing which was for his birthday and which was for Christmas.

After role play in his (Postman Pat) costume as the Jolly Postman, we got warm inside with blankets, wotsits and the books themselves.  Usually, we read these at bedtime but today we had time to do the puzzle and play the board game.

I also feel I need to say a big thank you to Asda.  The costume sold out online.  Other stores had a similar one for an extra £10 and someone was selling Asda’s costume on Amazon for twice the price!  Asda tweeted back to help track down a costume for Noah.  In the store, staff retrieved it from the warehouse and Noah changed his mind!  He now wanted to be a lion from “How to Hide a Lion!” by Helen Stephens.  We began leaving the store and he changed his mind again and did want to be the Jolly Postman.  The staff returned to the warehouse to get it again.  They were so helpful and friendly and didn’t complain once about the interchangeable mind of a preschool diva.

Have a jolly World Book Day

I hope you have a jolly world book day and I would love to hear about what books you have been enjoying or the characters your child dressed up as today.

Ally plus text

4 thoughts on “Jolly World Book Day

  1. I’m not familiar with The Jolly Postman, but your son looks so adorable in that outfit that I say he nailed it. 😀

    I didn’t hear World Book Day being celebrated in our locality, which is sad because it should be! I loved books as a child, mainly because I was exposed to it every day, my mother being a librarian. But other children don’t have as much access, so I guess the love for reading wasn’t developed as much. How fun that in your area, the kids’ love for reading is cultivated through such celebrations.

    1. I definitely recommend the books if you get hold of them. I hope to do my posts on picture books – I’m a big fan & love sharing them with my son. There are some great projects around to promote reading with kids and all kids in the UK can get free books at certain stages in life & events like World Book Day or Book Start. There’s always the library. We are very fortunate 😀

      1. Truly fortunate! Yes, please do a post on picture books. I planned to do one too, about my favorite books as a child, but I never got around to writing it.

        Previously, I never thought much about children’s books being more than just reading exercises or entertainment for children. But I saw a documentary once about how children’s books actually tackle the big questions in life, even more than adult books do. That got me interested to reexamine what children’s books really offer.

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