BritMums Arts & Culture Round-up: World Book Day

Cat in the Hat
Cat in the Hat

Austin in his *Nell grins proudly* award-winning Cat in the Hat costume

This post was written for BritMums, and originally published here on their website.

Welcome to the new BritMums Arts & Culture Round-up.

To kick off, I thought I’d gather a collection of posts on a topic close to the hearts of many bloggers: books. Or – more specifically – World Book Day.

As well as scouting round the blogosphere, I put out a request for WBD posts and was overwhelmed by the response. What a load of fabulous book-ish types you are. Sadly, the volume of posts meant I couldn’t include even a fraction of the posts I enjoyed reading. But, if I haven’t mentioned you here, please do put a link to your post in the comments below.

First up is the multi-talented Chris at Thinly Spread, who as well as being an energetic campaigner for Save the Children, was also able to pass on some quirky wisdom about how to celebrate WBD, Winnie-the-Pooh style.

Chris’s post is part of a #loveliteracy blog hop, which was co-hosted by  My Little 3 and Me, Rainy Day Mum and Actually Mummy (whose posts all include helpful advice on encouraging reading); Sunhats and Wellie Boots (who waxes lyrical on the joys of reading outdoors); the Fairy and the Frog, Damson Lane, and Here Come the Girls.

Hosting WBD linkies was popular, which meant (as well as partaking of a good read, courtesy of the host) it was easy to find some of the best blogs out there. Emily from A Mummy Too put together a beautiful collection of book-related activites. Stef from I’m Counting UFOs wrote about looking at children’s books through grown-up eyes. And over at Precious Little Worlds, there was a guide to what WBD means, and why we celebrate it.

Two of my favourite writers, Cas at Mummy Never Sleeps and Kate at Crafts on Sea, have both blogged witty posts. Cas shared her thoughts on her favourite characters from literature, and Kate wrote a chuckle-worthy post about inappropriate books to read with a toddler.

We heard about the importance of reading, directly from a young person: over at Mari’s World, 14-year-old Rosie Whooley has guest written an apt and thoughtful list of five reasons to love books.

Learner Mother wrote a funny post about how her WBD all went a bit wrong. But, for most of you, WBD was a chance to reminisce on why reading is so important, and to share tips on how to pass a love of books on to your little ones. Hodge Podge Craft had a great idea for developing a reading aid from  family pictures. And posts at In the PlayroomRambling Through Parenthood and The Egyptian Mummy all passed on some moving reminiscences, and handy wisdoms.

If it’s WBD competitions you’re after, Greta at Mums Do Travel is running a book giveaway, with a beautifully written post that will whet your appetite for a trip to Paris. And A Dad Called Spencer has posted information on an Irwin Mitchell writing competition.

As for me? I was so busy getting excited about everyone else’s WBD posts, that I didn’t manage to conjure up one of my own. But I did make Austin a Cat in the Hat costume, which won an award for best boy’s outfit in his nursery class. *Proud voice* there’s a picture of it above.

Oh, the small joys of parenting……



  • Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    March 11, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I love the Cat in a Hat costume, Austin looks over the moon with it! A great round up post x #blogclub

  • LearnerMother
    March 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

    What a fab costume, he looks pleased as punch! No wonder you are proud of him, and the prize must have been the icing on the cake for you both! Thank you for the mention too 🙂 #blogclub

  • anna
    March 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

    His costume looks fantastic! Great round up, and thanks so much for including my post. My son’s school has Book Week all this week instead of just world book day, but unfortunately we all got ill over the weekend and he ended up missing the dressing up day which was monday 🙁 He was going to be Peter Pan

  • Sonia
    March 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    What a great round up of posts! Love The Cat in the Hat outift! Such a cutie x

  • Em @ snowingindoors
    March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    That is an amazing costume, I can see why it was award winning 🙂

  • Grethe tozer
    March 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The cat in the hat costume is brilliant

  • MrsShilts
    March 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Lovely round up of posts. We’ve got a few years until we need to prepare ‘wbd’ costumes but I can’t wait, they all look fantastic!

  • Rollercoaster Mum
    March 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Great selection of posts – I’ve managed a look at a few of them – love the Winnie the Pooh one. I did a quick post on the day (hadn’t meant to!) – – Well done on your winning costume – looks like it was well deserved 🙂

  • Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown)
    March 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I’m not surprised you got such a huge response, world book day is just so inspiring! I’ve loved seeing the pics of little ones dressed up for school and reading the original ideas for celebrating the day. The written word will never die as long as we are this passionate about books 🙂

  • Alex
    March 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Wow ! This cat i the hat costume is AWESOME !! Haha clever you


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