The kids may not be at school to celebrate World Book Day, but that doesn’t mean they can’t dress-up as one of their favourite literary characters. We have loads of brilliant costume ideas for all ages that are simple to create.

Alice – Alice in Wonderland (written by Lewis Carrol)

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a drawing by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty Images

What you will need:

  • Blue Dress
  • White pinny or apron
  • Black bow or headband

Gangsta Granny – Gangsta Granny (written by David Walliams)

Illustration © Tony Ross 2011.

What you will need:

  • Bandit eye-mask (download template here) or black face paint
  • Glasses (download template here)
  • Pink cardigan
  • Black skirt
  • Slippers
  • Loose fitting tights
  • Sack bag
  • Grey curly wig

The Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland (written by Lewis Carrol)

What you will need:

  • Top hat – there are plenty of tutorials on how to make one online
  • Colourful blazer
  • Colourful bow tie or scarf
  • Face paint

Mr Bump –  Mr Men series (written by Roger & Adam Hargreaves)

What you will need:

  • Blue top
  • Blue trousers
  • Bandages or toilet paper
  • Plasters

Peter Rabbit – The Tale of Peter Rabbit (written by Beatrix Potter)

Peter Rabbit, illustration from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
Copyright © 2008 by Dover Publications, Inc. Electronic image © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

What you will need:

  • Blue jacket or cardigan
  • White top
  • Brown trousers
  • Face paint for a nose and whiskers
  • Bunny ears – these can easily be made from cardboard

Harry Potter or Hermione Granger – the Harry Potter books (written by J K Rowling)

What you will need:

  • School uniform – white shirt, grey jumper and black skirt or trousers
  • Stripey tie or scarf in your favourite house colours
  • Black cape
  • Glasses for Harry Potter only (download template here)
  • Wand

The Cat in a Hat – The Cat in The Hat (written by Dr. Seuss)

The Cat in the Hat.Credit…Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.

What you will need:

  • Black top and trousers
  • Large red bow tie or scarf
  • Red and white striped top hat – there are plenty of tutorials on how to make one online
  • Face paint for a nose and whiskers

Matilda – Matilda (written by Roald Dahl)

Quentin Blake’s original illustration of Matilda as a child. Roald Dahl Wiki

What you will need:

  • Blue dress
  • Red hair ribbon
  • Small pile of books

The Caterpillar – The Very Hungry Caterpillar (written by Eric Carle)

Illustration from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, 1969 and 1987

What you will need:

  • Green and red card
  • String
  • Glitter

Hetty Feather – Hetty Feather (written by Jaqueline Wilson)

What you will need:

  • Brown dress
  • White pinny or apron
  • White bonnet or shower cap

Tracy Beaker – The Story of Tracy Beaker (written by Jaqueline Wilson)

What you will need:

  • Red and white stripy top
  • Curly, messy hair (or a wig)

Paddington Bear (written by Michael Bond)

Illustration: Bob Alley

What you will need:

  • Blue coat or jacket
  • Red rain hat
  • Wellies
  • Small suitcase
  • Name tag made from card and string
  • Face paint for a nose

Fantastic Mr Fox – Fantastic Mr Fox (written by Roald Dahl)

What you will need:

  • Blazer or jacket
  • Colourful scarf or bow tie
  • Fox ears made from cardboard and attach to an old headband
  • Fox tail – use a brown scarf tied around the waist
  • Face paint for a nose or whiskers or a fox face mask (download here

Sophie – The B.F.G (written by Roald Dahl)

Illustration: Quentin Blake

What you will need:

  • Pink dress
  • Glasses (template download here)
  • Plastic jar with Sophie’s dreams on a piece of paper

Peter Pan – (written by J M Barrie)

What you will need:

  • Green t-shirt
  • Green leggings or tights
  • Green cap with a red feather
  • Brown belt
  • Plastic or foam sword

Wendy – Peter Pan (written by J M Barrie)

What you will need:

  • Blue dress or nightie
  • Blue bow or headband
  • Slippers

Tinkerbell – Peter Pan (written by J M Barrie)

What you will need:

  • Green dress
  • Green tights
  • Fairy wings
  • Wand

Oliver – Oliver Twist (written by Charles Dickens)

What you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Brown waistcoat
  • ¾ length trousers
  • Baker Boy cap

Gandalf – The Hobbit (written by J R R Tolkien)

What you will need:

  • Grey dressing gown/robe/dress
  • Grey cape
  • Belt
  • Grey pointy hat
  • Long grey beard
  • Long stick/staff

Puck – A Midsummers Night Dream (written by William Shakespeare)

What you will need:

  • Green/brown top
  • Shorts
  • Tights
  • Wreath of leaves

Stuart Little (written by E B White)

What you will need:

  • Red jumper
  • Brown trousers
  • Trainers
  • Mouse ears – these can be made from cardboard and attached to an old headband
  • Mouse tail
  • Face paint for a nose and whiskers

Dorothy – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (written by L Frank Baum)

What you will need:

  • Blue dress
  • White pinny
  • Blue bow or headband
  • Pig tails hair style
  • Red shoes

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (written by Suzanne Collins)

What you will need:

  • Brown jacket
  • Brown trousers
  • Boots
  • Pretend bow and arrows
  • Mockingjay or bird brochure/pin
  • Hair in a side plait

World Book Day is this Thursday 4th March.

Celebrate some of the most iconic writers and characters with one of our high-quality plaster-cast busts, including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes.


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