World Book Day costume ideas

World Book Day is a celebration on the 1st March 2018 of authors, illustrators, books and of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO to encourage children to explore the pleasure of reading books.

wbd1If you are a parent of a nursery or primary school aged child, as much as we love the idea of World Book Day the thought of creating a costume of your child’s favourite story book character to celebrate the big event leave mums in a cold sweat.

So if you need a little inspiration the KidStart team have put together some fun ideas for you. Whether you take a do-it-yourself approach or purchase a costume online we have got ideas we know you and your child will love.



  • Aliens Love Underpants
  • Burglar Bill (blue and white stripes)
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Curious George
  • Dennis the Menace (red and black stripes)
  • Dinosaurs Love Underpants
  • Dr Seuss
  • Evil Queen
  • Fairy
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Funny Bones
  • Gansta Granny
  • Goldie Locks & Baby Bear
  • Gruffalo
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
  • Harry Potter
  • Horrid Henry (blue and yellow stripes)
  • Hunger Games
  • Iggy Peck Architect & Rosie Revere Engineer
  • Knights and Princesses (could be Narnia or any of the many stories about knights or princesses)
  • Ladybird
  • Lion, Witch & Wardrobe
  • Little Miss and Mr Men Costumes
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Lorax and Thing 1 and Thing 2
  • Maisy
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mog
  • Paddington Bear
  • Peter Pan & Tinker Bell
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Pirate Costume
  • Stick Man
  • Tabby McTat
  • Through the Looking Glass – Alice in Wonderland, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter
  • Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Veruca Salt
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Where’s Wally (red and white stripes)
  • Willy Wonka
  • Wimpy Kid
  • Witch from Room on a Broom


squareFor a simple solution why not raid the dressing box and see what you find. Last year’s Halloween skeleton costume can become a Funnybones costume, a witch can be turned into the Worst Witch, ballet clothes can become Angelina Ballerina, princess costumes can be turned into many characters, a cape and underpants can become Captain Underpants. Mix it up and have fun.  Sometimes the simple is best. Have a striped t-shirt? It can turn your child into Burglar Bill, Dennis the Menace, Horrid Henry or Where’s Wally.

Add a new twist to an old favourite costume and visit Hobbycraft (up to 7% KidStart savings) and purchase face paint and accessories.



Short on time?  Why not do a spot of shopping online where there are so many choices sure to please even the most discerning child. Party Pieces (8% back) and Hobbycraft (up to 7%) special World Book Day sections. We love the Fantastic Mr Fox and animal costumes – perhaps The Tiger Who Came to Tea? Tesco F&F (up to 6%) Amazon  (2% back) also has great choices in sizes that will suit all ages.



DRESSEDPinterest has fantastic ideas for World Book Day costumes that can be made from glue and paper to the most incredible designs.  Stock up on coloured paper, glue, felt, fabric from Ebay (15% back on eBay revenue) or Homecrafts (up to 5%). We love crafting animal ears and tails that are fun to make and fuel the imagination. If you want a hand crafted costume but don’t want to pick up a needle and thread why not visit Etsy (up to 5%) where you can find brilliant costumes from £5.

What will your little ones be dressing up as?

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