Looking for World Book Day costume ideas? We've rounded up some of our favourites...
World book day ideas
We love any excuse to dress the kids up – especially as we know the pictures will come in handy on their 18th birthdays!
Another thing we love is reading and encouraging our little ones to love books too. One of the best events to foster a love of reading has to be World Book Day, which happens once a year, and encourages children of all ages to dress up as their favourite character from a book. The annual event also has perks like book vouchers for primary school children and fun events for bigger kids. Get in touch with your school to find out more.
Now, if you’re already in full World Book Day swing and are looking for World Book Day costume ideas, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up the most adorable examples we could find of storybook favourites that we think you and your brood will love. From Frodo Baggins to Pippi Longstocking, you’re sure to find an option your child will be excited to make and wear.
Click through our gallery to see our favourite examples of creative costume genius. Also, don’t forget to send us your own pictures of your children in their World Book Day costumes via our Facebook Page.
We’d also love to know what your child’s favourite book or character is. Leave us a comment in the box below and you never know, you might find it in our list of favourite children’s books in the future.
Why we love it: Who didn’t love the story of The Wizard of Oz growing up? This super sweet costume will transform any little one into Dorothy in no time at all and they’ll be excited at the idea of packing up their favourite stuffed toy to play Toto, too.
What you’ll need: A pretty white blouse, or even a polo neck, a blue pinafore or dress, a basket and stuffed toy dog, some red shoes and some blue ribbons. We love this because of it’s no-sew potential – just pop on any blue dress and add some ribbons and everyone will know who you are! Plus there’s the option to go all-out with a petticoat. We’ve found a fairy costume skirt works well under a dress here for added oomph.
Difficulty rating : 5/10
Picture: Make It Love It
Why we love it: Anything that involves the potential of matching sibling costumes is a winner for us. Just look at that little Oompa Loompa! We’d also like to point out that if your children are dressing up as characters from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory then that automatically qualifies you to be a serious and official chocolate taster – just to work out which bar they should use as a prop of course…
What you’ll need: You can make the top hat from cardboard and fabric easily enough if you have those to hand, and the rest can be cobbled together. Try charity chops for old fashioned tops or shirts, use one of your old scarves for the bow and look in the supermarkets for a dressing up jacket. Although, if you fancy it you could give this whole outfit a go on the sewing machine – we wish you luck!
Difficulty rating : 8/10
Picture: Mitch and Micky
Why we love it: When time is tight there’s nothing better than a quick fix costume, and this fits the bill. This costume comes with a crown and a dress, so we don’t think there there’ll be any complaints coming from your little princess if you suggest this.
What you’ll need: Some brown paper and really good sticking skills. It might also be good to pop this over their uniform if it’s still chilly come World Book Day, which we have a feeling it will be.
Difficulty rating: 3/10
Idea: Seeker of Happiness
Why we love it: This costume takes us back to reading the Pippi Longstocking books ourselves, plus it’s very easy. If you’ve got a little girl who is always getting herself in scrapes, we think they’d be perfect for this.
What you’ll need: The beauty of this costume is that we’re almost certain you’ll have all the items needed already in your cupboard. A layering of colourful clothes, some stripy socks and some orange hair spray will transform any little girl into the lovable Pippy.
Difficulty rating : 2/10
Picture: My Life At Playtime
Why we love it: Just look at those little faces! This costume obviously works best if you have a whole gaggle of girls yourself, but could also be fun for your child to do with their friends -and that way you could share the costume work with the other mums.
What you’ll need: This is a bit of a start-from-scratch effort but the results are really worth it. The simple smock dresses aren’t hard to do if you know your way around a sewing machine and the straw hats and white tights can easily be picked up from a high street shop.
Difficulty rating : 7/10
Picture: Erica Holland
Why we love it: Nothing makes a cuter costume than dressing your kids up as mini people! We love the simple but effective components and think any little boy would jump at the chance to be Frodo Baggins for the day. If you’ve got a few little people then there are plenty of ways to add to this theme. For little girls think the beautiful white elves and for boys think Gandalf.
What you’ll need: Some cardboard or plastic swords, colourful jackets or waistcoats, woolen scarves and a couple of homemade cloaks. These might seem tricky but you can whip them up from a large rectangle of fabric and a few stitches gathered around the neckline.
Difficulty rating : 5/10
Why we love it: There’s nothing more recognisable than a Dr. Zeus character and these classic costumes are sure to impress come World Book Day. If your child has been learning about The Cat In The Hat or Green Eggs and Ham then they’re going to love this idea.
What you’ll need: These hats can be made from either cardboard or felt and would only take half an afternoon to get through. The rest of the outfit is just a few pieces of clothing that be be put together from whatever is in your child’s wardrobe like an all black ensemble or a yellow dress and white tights. If you want to go all out you could make the whole outfits – just be prepared to give a whole day over to the process.
Difficulty rating : 3/10 for the quicky version.
Why we love it: We’ve yet to meet a little girl who isn’t in love with Jane O’Connor’s character Fancy Nancy. In classic fairytale fashion there are jewels and frills a’plenty to this number, and your child is sure to jump at the excuse to be extra fancy for World Book Day!
What you’ll need: Like all the best costumes this can be made up from things you probably already have in the house. Raid the dressing up box for the fanciest frills you can find and put it all on together! As a final flourish a red wig is perfect, but we’re sure nobody will notice if you leave it out.
Difficulty rating : 2/10
Picture: Seeker of Happiness
Why we love it: This costume is perfect for World Book Day but can also be recycled come Halloween, saving us a job further down the line. Kids absolutely love the novelty of having eight legs and will be delighted at their new found form. We also think this is great for its crowd pleasing abilities – boys and girls both adore the idea of being a creepy crawly we’ve found and will happily play with their new found form for hours.
What you’ll need: An all black outfit for your little one and some old tights to stuff for the spider’s arms, (or is it legs?).
Difficulty rating : 4/10
Picture: Shaffer Sisters
Why we love it: Forget the predictable Alice costumes and opt for this instead! Dwarf your little one in a big cardboard box house and they’ll look like they’ve shrunk like the first few scenes of Lewis Carroll’s brilliant novel.
What you’ll need: All the usual Alice bits and bobs – a blue dress, white apron, white tights and a ribbon – plus a cardboard box. You’ll need to paint the box to look like a house, but this is something you can do with your child as a fun activity leading up to World Book Day.
Difficulty rating : 6/10
Picture: Misha Lulu