World Book Day is a great time to dress up

Dressing up on World Book Day is a positive idea because it means people will revisit their favourite literature, according to one enthusiast.

Julia Eccleshare, a writer and academic, wrote on The Guardian‘s Book Doctor blog that there is plenty to look forward to on the day – celebrated on March 1st – perhaps encouraging parents to celebrate in style.

They may even hire out one of the party venues London has to offer; taking the chance to don some fancy dress in a bid to see how their favourite characters could look in real life.

Ms Eccleshare accepted that the occasion is perhaps more important for younger readers, but added: “Above all, for one day of the year, World Book Day puts books first. That’s a powerful statement about their central importance for all the other days of the year.”

There will be all sorts of events taking place to celebrate literature for adults and children; for example, a disputed picture of Jane Austen is due to be put on display in Oxford, reported The New York Times‘ Arts Beat columnist, Jennifer Schuessler.

The pencil-on-vellum portrait of the iconic author was rediscovered in December 2011 amid much debate over its authenticity. Also on show will be a cross-stitch sampler believed to have been used by the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ writer, which is dated 1787 – Austen would have been 12 years old.