World Book Day could present the perfect opportunity to get your little ones wearing children's fancy dress.

The event will take place on March 3rd 2011 and will see schools up and down the country getting involved in events that are designed to encourage youngsters to read more for pleasure.

Schools registered on the World Book Day list will be given £1 vouchers for each child, which can be redeemed in book shops including Waterstone's and WHSmith in exchange for part payment on a book or a specially-designed 'quick read'.

There is also likely to be a range of dressing up opportunities, with many teachers putting on plays and themed days and authors heading in to some schools to carry out readings.

It may be worth checking to see if your child's school is participating and then stocking up on some costumes.

A good choice could be Gingerbread Man fancy dress - which could be from the classic book or from Shrek - like the one in the World Book Day selection from Escapade.