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World Book Day 2017…Who will you be?

Posted on: February 20, 2017

On Thursday 2 March 2017, children in schools all over Britain and around the world will be celebrating World Book Day. To signal this special event OSSMA will be ‘dressing up’ for the day and students can come to school dressed up as characters from their favourite books. Each year group has a specified genre, but if there is a particular character that your child would like to dress up as then please come and discuss the suitability.

The Academy theme is “Heroes and Villains.” This does NOT include film heroes such as Spiderman, Batman or Catwoman! The character must be from a suitable book. For some inspiration have a look overleaf.


Year 7 & 8: Classic children’s fiction;

Year 9: Shake up Shakespeare;

Year 10: A Dickensian Deal;

Year 11 & Sixth form: Modern teen fiction.

There will be a prize for the most imaginative and ‘best effort’ costume per year group but of course it will be a fun filled day and the participation of all of the children (and staff!) is the most important factor. Children will be completing fun book themed activities in class that day.

Polite reminder:

Costumes must be practical enough to carry out normal lessons.

Costumes of an adult nature that are revealing or sexualised must not be worn.

Many thanks for getting involved in OSSMA’s World Book Day.

You could come up with the winning costume in your year.

Good luck!

Some inspiration:

Top 10 Children’s Book Heroes and Villains

Top 10 Favourite Heroes Top 10 Most Evil Villains
Harry Potter (Harry Potter series) Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter series)
Matilda Wormwood (Matilda) Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter series)
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) Cruella de Vil (The Hundred and One Dalmatians)
Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) The White Witch (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)
Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials series) Miss Trunchbull (Matilda)
Jo March (Little Women) Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter series)
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series) Bill Sikes (Oliver Twist)
Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh) The Grand High Witch (The Witches)
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Paddington Bear (A Bear Called Paddington) Mrs Coulter (His Dark Materials

Shake up Shakespeare!

The Witches, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth …  (Imaginary daggers only!) Or any costume related to Kings, Queens and ghosts!

Fairies, Tinkers, Donkey (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Jester, Malvolio – dark suit with trouser legs rolled up and yellow tights! (Twelfth Night)

Cleopatra, Julius Caesar.

Romeo, Juliet, Nurse, Priest.

Henry V, VI, VII

General costumes: Greeks, Egyptians, Kings, Queens, Soldier, Knight, Lord, Lady, Musician, Servants.

The Bard himself!


A Dickensian Deal!

Scrooge, Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Marley, Mr & Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit

Bill Sikes, Oliver Twist, Nancy, Fagin, the Artful Dodger.


Modern Teen Fiction:

Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series)

Alex Rider, Harry Potter & Hermione Granger, Percy Jackson.

Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black (Twilight series)

Thomas & Brenda (The Maze Runner series)

Modern Literary Mash ups such as “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies” includes a range of zombie characters; “Jane Slayer” contains several vampires akin to Twilight!