Will you be Hermione or Harry? Horrid Henry or Isadora Moon? Wonka or an Oompa Loompa? With national book character day taking place on Thursday 7 March, schools across the UK will be asking their pupils to dress up as their favourite book character to mark the occasion. 

And we want you and your school to raise money for our hospital as you celebrate. All you need to do is pick your favourite fictional character and dress up like you would every other year, but this time make a donation of £2, or hold your own fundraiser, to help raise money for our sick kids. 

Every penny raised will allow us to purchase books for our sick kids so they can have access to their own brilliant reads while in our hospital. Whether you’re a wizard or Goldilocks, now is the time to get stuck in as it’s so easy to participate. 

Need some help to unlock your creativity? Here are some super sponsorship ideas to help you read and raise money for our kids:  

  • Complete a full-school or whole class read-a-thon 

  • Read your height in books 

  • Play book bingo 

  • Organise a book swap 

  • Read a new book every week for a month 

  • Drop everything and read – ring the school bell to signal for everyone to start reading at one time. 

We also have some fun worksheets you can download and complete:

You could also hold a competition for best dressed, or even work as a team to dress up as a group of characters, such as the Secret Seven or Famous Five. The possibilities are endless. There are so many ways to have fun with your fundraising. 

Don’t forget, if you do choose to celebrate national book character day as a fundraiser, be sure to take some photos and tag us on social media. We can’t wait to see all the weird and wonderful costumes.