World Book Day Costume Ideas

For those of you with Nursery and School aged children you will most likely be aware that ‘World Book Day’ takes place on Thursday March 2nd 2017. If not, there is still plenty of time to make plans for a reading related costume for your little one. Be aware that most schools ask that children also take the book which their costume is themed upon along with them to consolidate the link between the two.

Costume Ideas For World Book Day

Try not to stress, it’s fairly easy to whip up a costume with little funds or fuss. Here are some simple costume ideas for your little book worms to wear this World Book Day.

Red Riding Hood

World Book Day Costume IdeasUsing a large piece of red fabric (this could even be an adults coat or dressing gown) create a hooded cape using a simple belt to pull the costume together. For added effect add a wicker basket filled with snacks or play food to carry through the ‘woods’ to School or Nursery for the day.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

World Book Day Costume Ideas

Dress your child in a pretty dress and for added cuteness plait/ braid their hair. Now add three different sized teddy bears (Daddy, Mummy and Baby Bear) for your child to take along with them to school.

Harry Potter

World Book Day Costume Ideas

If your child already has a Wizards or Witches costume that they have previously used for Halloween then why not reuse this to create a Harry Potter themed costume. Simply add some cheap glasses (which you can usually buy from supermarkets and remove the lenses). Alternatively use a large piece of dark material or even a bin bag to create a cheap and easy cape!

Pirate Play

World Book Day Costume Ideas

Dress your child in a striped t-shirt/ top. Now using a piece of felt or black card and elastic, create a simple eye patch for your child to wear. To complete the costume use a headscarf, headband or scarf to create an authentic looking bandana. This costume could be used for a wide range of  books including Peter Pan, Treasure Island and many more.


Dont Stress !

Most supermarkets also stock a range of reasonable priced costumes ideal for the occasion if you should not have the time or inclination to create a costume. Remember, to ensure that you also have a copy of the book you are relating the costume to and most importantly to enjoy the day!



  1. I used to dread getting a letter from school saying please dress your child as a… I am useless at this, however, when I was a child minder, one child was going to be in the Nativity play organised by a toddler group, this time I could ask his parents to dresshim up, I was amazed when the shepherd came complete with a beard!

  2. March 7, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Looking forward to the days where we can do world book day dress up! Am always happy with creative projects 🙂 #tuesdaytreasures

  3. March 7, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I have no memory of world book day as a child-is it a new thing? Seems to be everywhere now! #tuesdaytreasures

  4. RaisieBay
    March 7, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    We managed to dress up for world book day, but it’s lovely when the kids want to stick to the classics, we’ve done Little Red Riding Hood in the past.

  5. March 8, 2017 / 8:55 am

    My daughter dressed up as the saucepan man from the magic faraway tree – we made pans out of tin foil and cardboard and hung them on a belt! #tuesdaytreasures

    • March 8, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Oh wow my son loves that book

  6. March 9, 2017 / 6:03 am

    These are lovely ideas, I was really impressed how many costumes our local supermarket had this year x #TuesdayTreasures

  7. angiemwebster77
    March 9, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Fab ideas Rachel, next year I will have two costumes to sort out with Jake starting school too. I’m keeping an eye on the supermarkets for the sales to stock up.

    • March 9, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Yeh I will with Evelyn too… I have already thought about the little princess (Tony Ross books) as its a simple white dress and yellow crown and we have all the books. As for J… god knows!

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