It’s no secret that World Book Day isn’t the biggest of hits in this house. Although, if you remember we did have a change last year when my son went to school dressed as Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. I thought he might actually be happy to dress up as Hiccup again this year. But when I mentioned it, he told me that, no, he’d done that once and it wasn’t happening again. In fact he was not dressing up this year.
I know that the majority of children love dressing up and turning up at school wearing some wonderful creation. I’m happy for them, but for children who aren’t so happy about dressing up and standing out, these events are often not fun. In fact they can turn out to be traumatic and upsetting and really that isn’t what the day should be about at all. World Book Day should be about a celebration of books, a wonderful medium that I’ve spent a lifetime enjoying. I wish that schools would ditch the whole dressing up idea and just ask children to bring in their favourite book to school, and spend time sharing that book with others.
My son’s teacher had said that if he just wanted to bring his book in to share with the class that was fine. Now to decide on the book. Although it’s well known that my son is not a fan of independent reading, he does loves books, books that I read to him. So we looked through his book shelf and I had one of those moments, an idea formed that would kill two birds with one stone.
What about one of your Peter’s Railway books Monkey? You could take one of the books in and you wouldn’t need to worry about not dressing up, as Peter wears the same clothes as you do. Bingo! The idea went down well, and he even asked if he could take one of his trains in too. He’d originally wanted to take one of his Hornby engines in, but neither his father or I were keen on expensive and fragile trains going into school. He settled on his wooden Mallard and the smile says it all.
Sometimes not dressing up is just the best course of action. Rather than turning him off the day all together, we found a way that he could still join in, but in his own way, with a book from a series he loves. I’m often skeptical about some of the costumes and whether they bare any relationship to a book that is really well-loved by that child. I was more than proud of my son for ‘dressing up’ as Peter and sharing his book with his friends.
What did your children wear on Thursday or did they have a snow day?