12 Easy World Book Day costumes

World Book Day 2021 is on 4th March so we've put together some easy costume ideas to help you turn your child into their favourite book character for the day.

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World Book Day is all about celebrating the joy of books, sharing a story together, and for millions of children, it’s the chance to spend the day dressed as a character from their favourite book.

While World Book Day might look a little different this year with so much fo the magic happening vrtually, to help your child transform into their favourite character for the day at home, we’ve put together some easy costume ideas with simple instructions and absolutely no sewing required. Read on to find out how to make costumes for Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo, Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl, and many more best-loved book characters.

Dress up as Mouse from The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Dress up as Witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Dress up as Ladybird from What the Ladybird Heard

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1. Wear all black clothes.
2. Make some wings using black and red card.
3. For extra effect, you could use face paints to finish this costume off.

Dress up as Peter from The Detective Dog

by Julia Donaldson

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Peter is just wearing his normal clothes, but to make it special you could take in a toy dog or with a piece of wire and a dog lead, make a pretend dog. Don’t forget an armful of your favourite books!

Dress up as Alice from Alice in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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This is simple if you have the right dress – a simple white or blue outfit teamed with a headband would work perfectly.

Dress up as Harbert from Old Hat

by Emily Gravett

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This one is really simple - just find your most fantastic hat and wear it to school!

Dress up as Broccoli Boy from The Astounding Broccoli Boy

by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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Especially great if you love your greens! Wear a pair of jeans and white t-shirt and then simply use face paint to colour yourself green. You could complete the costume by carrying some broccoli!

Dress up as Moone Boy

by Chris O'Dowd

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Find yourself a Moone Boy hat and then you can choose your favourite weekend outfit to wear. There are lots of activities available which might add some magic to your costume on the Moone Boy website.

Dress up as Goth Girl

by Chris Riddell

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Simply wear your black clothes and add a purple feather to your hair. A toy mouse you can hold in your hand would complete this costume.

Dress up as Andy or Terry from The 13-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths

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There are so many floors in Andy and Terry’s Treehouse that you can make loads of exciting costumes! Wear your favourite outfit, and then bring along something from your favourite level of their Treehouse.

Props could include:

  • Something from the secret underground laboratory.
  • A man-eating shark.
  • Marshmallows from the marshmallow machine.
  • A baby dinosaur from the baby dinosaur petting zoo.

Dress up as a footballer from The Mighty Dynamo

by Kieran Crowley

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That's it! Just wear your favourite football kit!