A little boy named Ellis has dressed up as Prince Harry, holding a blown-up cover of his incendiary autobiography, Spare, for World Book Day. Ellis, who is three years old, is the child of make-up artist and hair stylist Melissa Wright, and her skills were evident in the look.
He sports ginger hair, a painted-on ginger beard, and expressive eyebrows, mimicking Harry’s serious expression in his picture.
Melissa was initially worried about the costume being a controversial topic, given everyone has a strong opinion about the book, but ultimately, she saw it as just for fun. She revealed that Ellis is quite feisty and has an opinion, which is what led her to choose Harry as his World Book Day character.
This was just one of the many pictures displayed on social media by parents and guardians on World Book Day.
World Book Day is a registered charity that promotes reading for pleasure for young children. Its goal is to provide every child with their own book and to develop a habit for reading.
A spokesperson for World Book Day said that reading for pleasure is the most significant indicator of a child’s future success, even more so than their family circumstances, parents’ educational background, or income. They hope to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, develop a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure, which will improve their life chances.
World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.