World Book Day Costumes

Book Day Costumes

World Book Day is a charity event which promotes and encourages children to read. 
World Book Day is recognised worldwide by UNESCO an organisation who's philosophy is to strive to ensure all children around the world are given the right and opportunity to have access to a quality education.
World Book Day takes place each year in the UK on the first Thursday of March this year's date being Thursday March 5th 2015, though this differs to other countries around the World celebrating their Book Day event during the month of April.
World Book Day may take place in the month of March but the excitement and anticipation begins as early as February for many school children.
It’s just not simply about reading books World Book Day now ranks as one of the most fun and exciting days within the School Calendar. School uniform is thrown out of the window for the day and in exchange wear Fancy Dress so children can dress up as one of their favourite book characters.
Teachers also get caught up in the euphoria of the day and enjoy becoming big kids themselves joining in the fancy dress theme and even trying to upstage the children! 
Also helping to make this event ever more memorable for the children are the World Book Day sponsers National Book Tokens.
Book Tokens are given to all School Children enabling them to purchase books at reduced prices all in aid of encouraging youngsters to visit their local book shops to read, enjoy and explore more amazing books.  
This year to top it all there is also a competition for Schools to win a flying visit from comedian David Walliams with his helicopter book tour, literally he is visiting schools around the UK on World Book Day by helicopter. David Walliams has proved his talent at writing and become a best selling author for children's stories with three of his novels even being made into TV Films for BBC one. Good Luck if your school has entered the competition but then again everyone's a winner on World Book Day!

Book Day Costume Ideas

Many children get stuck on ideas for who they want to be when it comes to Book Day. Finding a costume to dress up in can soon become a nightmare for parents. Boys and girls both want to look cool and outshine their friends, while mums and dads don’t want to spend a fortune.

The good news is due to the popularity of book day there are more and more costumes being manufactured specifically for this event, this year also includes a new Official Licensed Roald Dahl range for both boys and girls.

To help we have listed for you below some great readymade costume ideas that look fantastic but won’t break the bank.


Horrid Henry created by Francesca Simon consisting of a blue and yellow striped top, blue trousers and a face-mask.

Where’s Wally illustrated by Martin Handford consists of a red and white striped top, blue trousers, glasses and a bobble hat.

Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written by Roald Dahl including a brown top with black and white striped cuffs and collar, with white dungarees.

Harry Potter invented by J.K. Rowling comes with a long black cloak with a hood.

Peter Pan published by J.M. Barrie has a green top and trousers and a pointed hat.


Hermione Granger again by J.K. Rowling includes a long black cloak with a hood.

Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault features a red and white dress with a red hooded cape.

Dorothy from L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz comprises of a blue and white gingham dress with blue hair bows.

Alice from the Lewis Carroll novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland which contain a blue and white dress with a headband.

Rapunzel adapted by the Brothers Grimm which incorporates a purple dress with long blonde hair or a wig.

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