40 World Book Day Costume Ideas For Kids

By Bethany Gleave

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4 Jan 2024, 11:47:00

world book day costume ideas for kids including Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Matilda

World Book Day is just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about World Book Day costume ideas to inspire and encourage your kids to read for pleasure.

From Roald Dahl costumes to The Wizard of Oz fancy dress to Harry Potter we've got a collection of the best World Book Day fancy dress for kids and teens.

Alice In Wonderland Costumes

Lewis Carroll’s crazy world of Wonderland has introduced children to a whole host of unforgettable characters, and you’ll find Alice in Wonderland World Book Day costumes for all the best ones here! We’ve even got some step-by-step make-up video tutorials for you to try, too.

green purple and orange mad hatter costume with top hat

1. The Mad Hatter

The books are full of brilliant characters, but for many, the Mad Hatter will always be the best. In recent years, that’s probably partly down to Johnny Depp. However, we think the Hatter has always had one of the coolest costumes around, and World Book Day is a great time to give it a try!

You can even do your child’s make-up for them with this Mad Hatter make-up tutorial!

alice in wonderland costume with blue dress, white overalls and striped sleeves

2. Alice

Kids all over the world love reading about Alice in Wonderland’s adventures, and we know there are plenty of little girls who would jump at the chance to be her for a day! Our Alice costume combines all the magic of the classic story to create a must-have World Book Day costume.

Queen of hearts costume with heart details and crown

3. Queen of Hearts

This outfit is great for kids with a bit of a feisty side!

The hot-tempered Queen of Hearts is certainly a fun villain to play for a day, and this Queen of Hearts make-up tutorial based on Helena Bonham Carter’s film portrayal will help complete the look.

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee costume yellow t-shier with red pants and a pocketwatch graphic on the t-shirt

4. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee might not be the most helpful characters Alice meets, but this outfit is certainly a useful answer to your World Book Day needs. It’s a particularly good choice for a pair of brothers or sisters.

Girls pink and purple cheshire cat costume striped leggings, fur lined skirt and cat ears

5. Cheshire Cat

Here’s a costume that’s sure to stand out! This Cheshire Cat outfit incorporates the character’s famous pink and purple stripes into this dress, tights and headband ensemble. We’ll leave it to your little one to add their own cheeky grin!

The Wizard of Oz Costumes

When it comes to The Wizard of Oz, you could argue that the film is more famous than the book. Indeed, L. Frank Baum’s novel is well over a century old. However, Dorothy and her travel companions remain as iconic as ever, so discover our Wizard of Oz fancy dress for World Book Day.

girl dressed as Dorothy with blue and white plaid dress and dog toy

6. Dorothy

We all know how much Dorothy loves being at home, but we’re sure she won’t mind spending a day at school!

And what about Toto? Your child’s school is unlikely to be happy with a dog running around the classroom, but this fun Dorothy fancy dress accessory comes complete with a cuddly pooch, so he won’t miss out on the fun!

wizard of oz scarecrow costume, with hat and patchwork t-shirt and pants

7. The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow might be missing a brain, but even he can see that this costume is anything but the short straw when it comes to World Book Day!

child dressed as the tin man from wizard of oz

8. The Tin Man

If you’re still searching for World Book Day fancy dress, why not follow your heart? That’ll lead you to another of Dorothy’s friends – the Tin Man!

child dressed as a lion with medals on the chest

9. The Cowardly Lion

Last but not least from the Land of Oz, don’t be afraid to try something a bit different by dressing up as the Cowardly Lion!

This lion costume works especially well if your child goes as part of a group with a Scarecrow and a Tin Man.

Peter Pan Costumes

Did you know that J.M. Barrie’s most famous work was actually written as a play seven years before it was a book? Peter Pan is such an iconic story, it’s no wonder that the brilliant characters are still popular over a century later!

young boy dressed as peter pan in brown hat, green top and brown pants and boot

10. Peter Pan

Let’s start with the boy who wouldn’t grow up!

This Peter Pan outfit is so good, we reckon it’ll fly off the shelves!

girl dressed as tinker bell in green dress with light up wings

11. Tinker Bell

She might not have much to say for herself, but as Peter Pan’s sidekick, Tinker Bell is certainly an important part of the story.

Oh, and did we mention this Tinker Bell costume comes with light up wings? We’re pretty sure your little one will love that!

Harry Potter Costumes

With over 600 million copies sold since the first book in 1997, the Harry Potter books are one of the most popular book series ever, making them the perfect choice for World Book Day. Let your kids step into the magical world of Harry Potter with our Harry Potter costumes.

boy dressed up as harry potter with circle glasses and wand

12. Harry Potter

The original Boy Who Lived is the obvious choice if you’re going down the Harry Potter fancy dress route, and here it is!

This Harry Potter costume features the Gryffindor robes, Harry’s iconic round glasses and his phoenix feather core magic wand.

girl dressed as hermoine granger in hogwarts robe with wand

13. Hermione Granger

Of course, Gryffindor is also home to the cleverest girl at Hogwarts; Hermione Granger! This girls’ school uniform is decorated in Gryffindor colours and the house badge. It really is top of the class!

boy dressed as dumbledore with long white beard, grey robe and wand

14. Dumbledore

It seems appropriate to dress as a famous teacher for World Book Day, and in the eyes of many children, Dumbledore is the greatest teacher of them all! As you can see, he’s also rocking some pretty impressive robes, so this is a spectacular choice for World Book Day.

boy dressed as Draco Malfoy in slytherin robe

15. Draco Malfoy

As any serious Potter fan will know, Slytherins are fine now. It’s okay to like them. True, Malfoy is an exception to this rule, but he’s also the most famous Slytherin at Hogwarts during Harry’s school years.

Our Draco Malfoy fancy dress is a good option if you have blond Potter fans in the house, more than one child looking for Potter costumes, or if your child is planning on coordinating their costumes with a group of friends.

girl dressed as moaning myrtyle in long grey robe with white pigtail wig

16. Moaning Myrtle

Poor Moaning Myrtle, forever doomed to haunt the girl’s toilets at Hogwarts! Not the most dignified of deaths, but an understandable one nonetheless.

Make sure to match this costume with lots of moaning and wailing!

Roald Dahl Costumes

If we’re talking children’s books, we obviously have to look at Roald Dahl. These classic characters are instantly recognisable, so everyone will know straight away who your child is supposed to be.

blue dress and white socks with red library card in the style of Matilda

17. Matilda

If your child loves school, chances are Matilda is one of their favourite fictional characters. Not only is she the smartest girl in her class, she’s literally magic!


This Matilda costume even comes with props, in the form of a library pass!

young boy wearing a golden ticket from Charlie and the chocolate factory

18. A Golden Ticket

Everyone will be happy to see this Wonka bar Golden Ticket walk into the room! There’s something about it that just makes you feel…lucky!

This is also a super simple, low effort costume, so what are you waiting for?

boy dressed as willy wonka with purple jacket and top hat

19. Willy Wonka

A Willy Wonka costume is a great outfit for kids who love to show off a bit!

The flamboyant chocolate factory owner is easily one of Dahl’s most popular creations, and we’re sure there are plenty of children who are jealous of his career choices.

boy dressed as Charlie Bucket with pyjamas, crossbody bag and golden ticket

20. Charlie Bucket

While Wonka gets all the attention, it’s easy to forget that it’s little Charlie Bucket whose name features in the title of the book.

This outfit is your golden ticket to World Book Day success!

Julia Donaldson Costumes

Julia Donaldson has created a number of much-loved children’s stories since her first book was published in 1993. She was also the Children’s Laureate from 2011-13.

boy in Gruffalo onesie

21. The Gruffalo

The mouse might not believe in The Gruffalo, but we certainly do!

In fact, here is a Gruffalo onesie ready to solve your fancy dress conundrum in time for World Book Day. 

Young boy in Stick Man costume

22. Stick Man

It takes a special author to make a piece of wood the star of the show, but that’s what Julia Donaldson managed to do with the story of Stick Man!

Send your child off on an adventure of their own with this comfy costume.

orange Zog onesie

23. Zog

Zog’s a great role model for kids. Sure, he’s prone to the odd accident, but all he wants is to be the best student he can be.

This comfy Zog onesie with attached wings really is the best in class when it comes to your child’s World Book Day fancy dress costume.

David Walliams Costumes

Probably the biggest children’s author in the country at the moment, David Walliams’ books have sold more than 25 million copies! He’s written at least one every year since 2008, so there are plenty of characters to choose from.

Here are some of our favourites!

Grandpas Great Escape fancy dress with suit, tie and hat

24. Grandpa's Great Escape

Grandpa’s Great Escape is one of Walliams’ most charming stories, and children across the country love the adventures of Jack and his World War II fighter pilot Grandpa.

It’s also one of the most recognisable costumes for kids, as Grandpa’s Great Escape was part of the BBC’s Christmas TV schedule in 2018.

Awful Auntie fancy dress with green cap, purple suit and brown boots

25. Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie is another of Walliams’ creative villains.

Here’s horrible Auntie Alberta in her distinctive purple outfit and green hat, along with one of her scary owls!

More Children's Classics

Children’s literature is littered with iconic characters. Here are a few more of our favourites!

Victorian child fancy dress with waist coat, and flat cap

26. Oliver Twist

What’s that? You want more ideas? Let’s start with Oliver Twist, star of the Dickens novel and one of the best musicals ever!

This is a simple Victorian dress-up kit that’ll give your child the hat and waistcoat needed to transform into a scruffy Victorian street urchin. Consider yourself sorted for World Book Day!

Dalmatian onesie

27. 101 Dalmatians

Five years before it became a Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians was a charming novel written by English author Dodie Smith.

This quick and easy Dalmatian Onesie will make a great World Book Day outfit, and you’ve got more than enough characters to choose from!

black and orange tiger onesie with tiger face on the hood

28. The Tiger Who Came To Tea

tiWe all have that friend who turns up unannounced and polishes off all the food and drink in the house. In Judith Kerr’s children’s classic, it just so happens to be a tiger!

This tiger costume may not be that same tiger, but with a teacup in hand no one will know the difference!

Little Red Riding hood costume with red hood and basket

29. Little Red Riding Hood

She might not be great at telling the difference between wolves and old ladies, but Red Riding Hood does at least wear a comfy, instantly recognisable outfit that’s ideal for World Book Day!

Yellow Goldilocks costume with white apron and reddy bear pattern

30. Goldilocks

Here’s a World Book Day costume that’s just right! Did you know that the story of the Three Bears originally featured a grumpy old woman instead of Goldilocks?

We know which version we prefer, especially when it comes to choosing a World Book Day outfit!

Paddington Bear onesie with blue coat and red hat

31. Paddington Bear

 PThe star of more than 70 stories by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear is easily one of the most popular children’s characters the UK has ever produced. This quick and easy Paddington outfit comes complete with his famous duffle coat and red hat, as well as a mask to hide behind!

Why not keep things on trend by serving toast and marmalade for breakfast?

Blue Mary Poppins dress with hat

32. Mary Poppins

Let your kids take a jolly holiday from their usual school uniform with this smart Mary Poppins outfit.

The most famous nanny in fiction is a great choice for World Book Day, particularly as she’s recently returned to cinema screens once again.

boy dressed as where's wally in red and white striped t-shirt, hat and round black glasses

33. Where's Wally

Hey, it’s still a book even if it doesn’t have any words! The iconic Where’s Wally costume with red and white shirt, hat and glasses is – ironically enough – an incredibly distinctive costume!

Just prepare your kids for the chorus of “there he is!” they’re sure to hear all day.

toddler in padded Hungry Caterpillar costume

34. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Arguably better for the younger ones, The Very Hungry Catterpillar is a book that many of us hold dear to our hearts!

As well as this gorgeous Caterpillar costume, we also have a Butterfly to show his magical transformation!

girl in black eye mask, red and black t-shirt and red and black tights

35. Harley Quinn

Harley is making a resurgence in popular culture, thanks to the Margot Robbie films and various ongoing cartoons. While she might have been a creation of a TV show, her stories have filled comics and books – we think she fits the bill for a World Book Day costume!

This officially licensed costume is a classic comic book Harley Quinn costume, complete with an eye mask.

Boy dressed as Cat In the Hat with red and white striped top hat and black onesie

36. Cat in The Hat

We can’t talk about World Book Day without inviting Dr Seuss to the party.

We think the Cat in the Hat is one of the most fun costumes for your kids to wear!

Wednesday Addams childs costume with black wig in pigtails, black dress and black tights

37. Wednesday Addams

Although technically not from a book The Addams family originated from a series of cartoons. With the new Netflix series based on Wednesday, this Wednesday costume has become a must-have both for Halloween and fancy dress parties.

Kids' Batman costume

38. Batman

Ready to save the city of Gotham this World Book Day. Add some superpowers to the school day with our Batman costume for kids.

Let them unleash their strength and take on reading dressed as their favourite superhero.

40. Super Girl

Make sure they have a super day at school with this must-have Super Girl costume.

Complete with cape and boots, this costume will save World Book Day.

Kids spiderman costume in red and blue

40. Spiderman

Get those spidey-senses tingling and ready to read with our favourite Spiderman costume for kids.

No one will know if its Peter Parker or your child under the mask.

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World Book Day is just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about World Book Day costume ideas to inspire and encourage your kids to read for pleasure.

From Roald Dahl costumes to The Wizard of Oz fancy dress to Harry Potter we've got a collection of the best World Book Day fancy dress for kids and teens.

Alice In Wonderland Costumes

Lewis Carroll’s crazy world of Wonderland has introduced children to a whole host of unforgettable characters, and you’ll find Alice in Wonderland World Book Day costumes for all the best ones here! We’ve even got some step-by-step make-up video tutorials for you to try, too.

1. The Mad Hatter

green purple and orange mad hatter costume with top hat

The books are full of brilliant characters, but for many, the Mad Hatter will always be the best. In recent years, that’s probably partly down to Johnny Depp. However, we think the Hatter has always had one of the coolest costumes around, and World Book Day is a great time to give it a try!

You can even do your child’s make-up for them with this Mad Hatter make-up tutorial!

2. Alice

alice in wonderland costume with blue dress, white overalls and striped sleeves

Kids all over the world love reading about Alice in Wonderland’s adventures, and we know there are plenty of little girls who would jump at the chance to be her for a day! Our Alice costume combines all the magic of the classic story to create a must-have World Book Day costume.

3. Queen of Hearts

Queen of hearts costume with heart details and crown

This outfit is great for kids with a bit of a feisty side! The hot-tempered Queen of Hearts is certainly a fun villain to play for a day, and this Queen of Hearts make-up tutorial based on Helena Bonham Carter’s film portrayal will help complete the look.

4. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee costume yellow t-shier with red pants and a pocketwatch graphic on the t-shirt

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee might not be the most helpful characters Alice meets, but this outfit is certainly a useful answer to your World Book Day needs. It’s a particularly good choice for a pair of brothers or sisters.

5. Cheshire Cat

Girls pink and purple cheshire cat costume striped leggings, fur lined skirt and cat ears

Here’s a costume that’s sure to stand out! This Cheshire Cat outfit incorporates the character’s famous pink and purple stripes into this dress, tights and headband ensemble. We’ll leave it to your little one to add their own cheeky grin!

The Wizard of Oz Costumes

When it comes to The Wizard of Oz, you could argue that the film is more famous than the book. Indeed, L. Frank Baum’s novel is well over a century old. However, Dorothy and her travel companions remain as iconic as ever, so discover our Wizard of Oz fancy dress for World Book Day.

6. Dorothy

girl dressed as Dorothy with blue and white plaid dress and dog toy

We all know how much Dorothy loves being at home, but we’re sure she won’t mind spending a day at school! And what about Toto? Your child’s school is unlikely to be happy with a dog running around the classroom, but this fun Dorothy fancy dress accessory comes complete with a cuddly pooch, so he won’t miss out on the fun!

7. The Scarecrow

wizard of oz scarecrow costume, with hat and patchwork t-shirt and pants

The Scarecrow might be missing a brain, but even he can see that this costume is anything but the short straw when it comes to World Book Day!

8. The Tin Man

child dressed as the tin man from wizard of oz

If you’re still searching for World Book Day fancy dress, why not follow your heart? That’ll lead you to another of Dorothy’s friends – the Tin Man!

9. The Cowardly Lion

child dressed as the tin man from wizard of oz

Last but not least from the Land of Oz, don’t be afraid to try something a bit different by dressing up as the Cowardly Lion! This lion costume works especially well if your child goes as part of a group with a Scarecrow and a Tin Man.

Peter Pan Costumes

Did you know that J.M. Barrie’s most famous work was actually written as a play seven years before it was a book? Peter Pan is such an iconic story, it’s no wonder that the brilliant characters are still popular over a century later!

10. Peter Pan

young boy dressed as peter pan in brown hat, green top and brown pants and boot

Let’s start with the boy who wouldn’t grow up! This Peter Pan outfit is so good, we reckon it’ll fly off the shelves!

11. Tinker Bell

girl dressed as tinker bell in green dress with light up wings

She might not have much to say for herself, but as Peter Pan’s sidekick, Tinker Bell is certainly an important part of the story. Oh, and did we mention this Tinker Bell costume comes with light up wings? We’re pretty sure your little one will love that!

Harry Potter Costumes

With over 600 million copies sold since the first book in 1997, the Harry Potter books are one of the most popular book series ever, making them the perfect choice for World Book Day. Let your kids step into the magical world of Harry Potter with our Harry Potter costumes.

12. Harry Potter

boy dressed up as harry potter with circle glasses and wand

The original Boy Who Lived is the obvious choice if you’re going down the Harry Potter fancy dress route, and here it is! This Harry Potter costume features the Gryffindor robes, Harry’s iconic round glasses and his phoenix feather core magic wand.

13. Hermione Granger

girl dressed as hermoine granger in hogwarts robe with wand

Of course, Gryffindor is also home to the cleverest girl at Hogwarts; Hermione Granger! This girls’ school uniform is decorated in Gryffindor colours and the house badge. It really is top of the class!

14. Dumbledore

boy dressed as dumbledore with long white beard, grey robe and wand

It seems appropriate to dress as a famous teacher for World Book Day, and in the eyes of many children, Dumbledore is the greatest teacher of them all! As you can see, he’s also rocking some pretty impressive robes, so this is a spectacular choice for World Book Day.

15. Draco Malfoy

boy dressed as Draco Malfoy in slytherin robe

As any serious Potter fan will know, Slytherins are fine now. It’s okay to like them. True, Malfoy is an exception to this rule, but he’s also the most famous Slytherin at Hogwarts during Harry’s school years.

Our Draco Malfoy fancy dress is a good option if you have blond Potter fans in the house, more than one child looking for Potter costumes, or if your child is planning on coordinating their costumes with a group of friends.

16. Moaning Myrtle

girl dressed as moaning myrtyle in long grey robe with white pigtail wig

Poor Moaning Myrtle, forever doomed to haunt the girl’s toilets at Hogwarts! Not the most dignified of deaths, but an understandable one nonetheless. Make sure to match this costume with lots of moaning and wailing!

Roald Dahl Costumes

If we’re talking children’s books, we obviously have to look at Roald Dahl. These classic characters are instantly recognisable, so everyone will know straight away who your child is supposed to be.

17. Matilda

blue dress and white socks with red library card in the style of Matilda

If your child loves school, chances are Matilda is one of their favourite fictional characters. Not only is she the smartest girl in her class, she’s literally magic!
This Matilda costume even comes with props, in the form of a library pass!

18. A Golden Ticket

young boy wearing a golden ticket from Charlie and the chocolate factory

Everyone will be happy to see this Wonka bar Golden Ticket walk into the room! There’s something about it that just makes you feel…lucky! This is also a super simple, low effort costume, so what are you waiting for?

19. Willy Wonka

boy dressed as willy wonka with purple jacket and top hat

A Willy Wonka costume is a great outfit for kids who love to show off a bit! The flamboyant chocolate factory owner is easily one of Dahl’s most popular creations, and we’re sure there are plenty of children who are jealous of his career choices.

20. Charlie Bucket

boy dressed as Charlie Bucket with pyjamas, crossbody bag and golden ticket

While Wonka gets all the attention, it’s easy to forget that it’s little Charlie Bucket whose name features in the title of the book. This outfit is your golden ticket to World Book Day success!

Julia Donaldson Costumes

Julia Donaldson has created a number of much-loved children’s stories since her first book was published in 1993. She was also the Children’s Laureate from 2011-13.

21. The Gruffalo

boy in Gruffalo onesie

The mouse might not believe in The Gruffalo, but we certainly do! In fact, here is a Gruffalo onesie ready to solve your fancy dress conundrum in time for World Book Day. 

22. Stick Man

Young boy in Stick Man costume

It takes a special author to make a piece of wood the star of the show, but that’s what Julia Donaldson managed to do with the story of Stick Man! Send your child off on an adventure of their own with this comfy costume.

Zog’s a great role model for kids. Sure, he’s prone to the odd accident, but all he wants is to be the best student he can be. This comfy Zog onesie with attached wings really is the best in class when it comes to your child’s World Book Day fancy dress costume.

David Walliams Costumes

Probably the biggest children’s author in the country at the moment, David Walliams’ books have sold more than 25 million copies! He’s written at least one every year since 2008, so there are plenty of characters to choose from.

Here are some of our favourites!

24. Grandpa's Great Escape

Grandpas Great Escape fancy dress with suit, tie and hat

Grandpa’s Great Escape is one of Walliams’ most charming stories, and children across the country love the adventures of Jack and his World War II fighter pilot Grandpa.

It’s also one of the most recognisable costumes for kids, as Grandpa’s Great Escape was part of the BBC’s Christmas TV schedule in 2018.

25. Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie fancy dress with green cap, purple suit and brown boots

Awful Auntie is another of Walliams’ creative villains. Here’s horrible Auntie Alberta in her distinctive purple outfit and green hat, along with one of her scary owls!

More Children's Classics

Children’s literature is littered with iconic characters. Here are a few more of our favourites!

26. Oliver Twist

Victorian child fancy dress with waist coat, and flat cap

What’s that? You want more ideas? Let’s start with Oliver Twist, star of the Dickens novel and one of the best musicals ever!

This is a simple Victorian dress-up kit that’ll give your child the hat and waistcoat needed to transform into a scruffy Victorian street urchin. Consider yourself sorted for World Book Day!

27. 101 Dalmatians

Dalmatian onesie

Five years before it became a Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians was a charming novel written by English author Dodie Smith. This quick and easy Dalmatian Onesie will make a great World Book Day outfit, and you’ve got more than enough characters to choose from!

28. The Tiger Who Came To Tea

black and orange tiger onesie with tiger face on the hood

tiWe all have that friend who turns up unannounced and polishes off all the food and drink in the house. In Judith Kerr’s children’s classic, it just so happens to be a tiger! This tiger costume may not be that same tiger, but with a teacup in hand no one will know the difference!

29. Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding hood costume with red hood and basket

She might not be great at telling the difference between wolves and old ladies, but Red Riding Hood does at least wear a comfy, instantly recognisable outfit that’s ideal for World Book Day!

30. Goldilocks

Yellow Goldilocks costume with white apron and reddy bear pattern

Here’s a World Book Day costume that’s just right! Did you know that the story of the Three Bears originally featured a grumpy old woman instead of Goldilocks? We know which version we prefer, especially when it comes to choosing a World Book Day outfit!

31. Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear onesie with blue coat and red hat

 The star of more than 70 stories by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear is easily one of the most popular children’s characters the UK has ever produced. This quick and easy Paddington outfit comes complete with his famous duffle coat and red hat, as well as a mask to hide behind!

Why not keep things on trend by serving toast and marmalade for breakfast?

32. Mary Poppins

Blue Mary Poppins dress with hat

Let your kids take a jolly holiday from their usual school uniform with this smart Mary Poppins outfit. The most famous nanny in fiction is a great choice for World Book Day, particularly as she’s recently returned to cinema screens once again.

33. Where's Wally

boy dressed as where's wally in red and white striped t-shirt, hat and round black glasses

Hey, it’s still a book even if it doesn’t have any words! The iconic Where’s Wally costume with red and white shirt, hat and glasses is – ironically enough – an incredibly distinctive costume! Just prepare your kids for the chorus of “there he is!” they’re sure to hear all day.

34. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

toddler in padded Hungry Caterpillar costume

Arguably better for the younger ones, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book that many of us hold dear to our hearts! As well as this gorgeous Caterpillar costume, we also have a Butterfly to show his magical transformation!

35. Harley Quinn

girl in black eye mask, red and black t-shirt and red and black tights

Harley is making a resurgence in popular culture, thanks to the Margot Robbie films and various ongoing cartoons. While she might have been a creation of a TV show, her stories have filled comics and books – we think she fits the bill for a World Book Day costume! This officially licensed costume is a classic comic book Harley Quiin costume, complete with an eye mask.

36. Cat in The Hat

Boy dressed as Cat In the Hat with red and white striped top hat and black onesie

We can’t talk about World Book Day without inviting Dr Seuss to the party. We think the Cat in the Hat is one of the most fun costumes for your kids to wear!

37. Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams childs costume with black wig in pigtails, black dress and black tights

Although technically not from a book The Addams family originated from a series of cartoons. With the new Netflix series based on Wednesday, this Wednesday costume has become a must-have both for Halloween and fancy dress parties.

38. Batman

Kids' Batman costume

Ready to save the city of Gotham this World Book Day. Add some superpowers to the school day with our Batman costume for kids. Let them unleash their strength and take on reading dressed as their favourite superhero.

39. Super Girl

Make sure they have a super day at school with this must-have Super Girl costume. Complete with cape and boots, this costume will save World Book Day.

409. Spiderman

Kids spiderman costume in red and blue

Get those spidey-senses tingling and ready to read with our favourite Spiderman costume for kids. No one will know if its Peter Parker or your child under the mask.