World Book Day, or book week in some schools, is just around the corner and normally this includes the task of dressing up for the day in a book character costume. If you’re looking for some more inspiration for this years world book day costume ideas, then hopefully this collection can give you some help.

Many of these ideas are no sew and easy to make, so hopefully you can find something that works with the materials you already have on hand at home. I know I usually end up pulling together a costume at the last minute – so easy is always a good thing!

Huge list of World Book Day costume ideas

I’ve rounded up a wide selection of book inspired costumes. Click the link beneath each picture to find out more about how to make each outfit, and to take a look at or buy the relevant book for each one if you would like.

Since the list is pretty long (and picture heavy) I’ll list them all up front here so you can see the ideas at a glance, or scan this if you are looking for something specific.

I hope that we have something for everyone – with book day costume ideas for boys, book day costume ideas for girls, and something to suit all ages.

  • Cat in the hat
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Winnie the Witch
  • Rainbow Fish
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Norman the Snail
  • Fifi and the Flower Tots
  • The Night Pirates
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Octonauts Dashi
  • Medusa
  • Gruffalo
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon
  • Sherlock Holmes / Detective
  • Mermaid – for The Singing Mermaid (or any other Mermaid story!)
  • Knight – for King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (or any other Knight story!)
  • Pirate – for “The Troll” (or any other Pirate story!)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Paper Bag Princess
  • Rapunzel (x2)
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The White Rabbit
  • The Mad Hatter
  • The Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka
  • Mr Strong from the Mr Men
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • The Lorax
  • Peter Pan
  • Tick Tock Croc from Peter Pan
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Knuffle Bunny
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tigger from Winnie the Pooh
  • Skeletons from Funny Bones
  • Glenda from The Wizard of Oz
  • The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz
  • Tin Tin
  • Flower Fairy
  • Butterfly – from Everybody Loves Butterflies or any other Butterfly book
  • Cinderella
  • Little Bo Peep & Her Sheep

And now, take a look through at all the fantastic costumes in pictures!

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The Cat in the Hat : See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

Little Red Riding Hood World Book Day Costume IdeaLittle Red Riding Hood : See Home Made Cape / See Book (UK / US)

Winnie the witch world book day costume ideaWinnie the Witch: See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

Rainbow fish world book day costume ideaRainbow Fish: See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

Fantastic Mr Fox mask costume idea for world book dayFantastic Mr Fox : See Home Made Mask (with printable template) / See Book (UK / US)

Norman the snail world book day costume ideaNorman the Slug with a silly shell: See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

fifi and the flower tots world book day costume idea

Fifi and the Flowertots : See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

the night pirates world book day costume ideaA Night Pirate: See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 12.46.59Where the Wild Things Are : How to make these Paper Bag Masks / See Book (UK /US)

DIY Dashi Mask Octonauts world book day costume

The Octonauts: See Home Made Dashi Costume / See Book (UK / US)

homemade medusa costume world book day costume ideaMedusa: See home made costume / See book (UK / US)

IMG_0553cGruffalo : See home made costume / see book (UK / US)

The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-No-Sew-Costume-03-LessonsLearntJournal-500x750The Very Hungry Caterpillar: See home made no sew costume / see book (UK / US)

howtotraindragons04smToothless from How to Train your Dragon : See how to make this costume from a sweat shirt / see book (UK / US)

Detective-Costume-SuppliesSherlock Holmes : See home made detective costume / see book (UK / US)

Easy Homemade Mermaid Costume. World book day costume ideaThe Singing Mermaid : See home made costume / see book (UK / US)

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 09.52.16Knight (for King Arthur and the Knights of the round table) : See no sew costume / see book (UK / US)

pirate troll world book day costume ideaA Pirate from “The Troll” : See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

jack_and_the_beanstalkJack and the Bean Stalk : See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

the paper bag princess world book day costume ideaThe Paper Bag Princess : See Home Made Costume / See Book (UK / US)

how-to-make-a-Rapunzel-wig_thumbRapunzel : See DIY wig / See Book (UK / US)

Rapunzel-with-her-headband-of-long-yellow-streamer-hairRapunzel (another version) : See diy head band

Alice in wonderland world book day costume idea(Photo courtesy of Stephanie Marie Photography

Alice in Wonderland : See home made costume /  White rabbit from Alice in Wonderland : See home made costume / See Book (UK / US)

DIY Mad Hatter Hat world book day costume ideaMad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland : See DIY top hat tutorial 

cardboard-box-golden-ticket-roald-dahl-costumeGolden Ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : See diy costume / see book  (UK/US)

mr strong costume made of cardboard box world book day costume ideaMr Strong from the Mr Men : See DIY costume / see book (UK / US)

wbd-angelinaAngelina Ballerina : See DIY costume / see book (UK / US)

img_6297The Lorax : See DIY lorax glasses / see book (UK / US)

059-1-548x1024Peter Pan : See home made costume / see book (UK / US)

Spencer-WEb-634x312Tick tock croc from Peter Pan: See home made costume / see book (this site also has lots more Peter pan ideas like Wendy or hook)

Pippi Longstocking costume world book day costume ideaPippi Longstocking : See home made costume / see book (UK / US)

DIY Bunny Costume Knuffle Bunny world book day costume ideaKnuffle Bunny : See DIY no sew headband / see book (UK / US)

diy winnie the pooh costume for girl

diy tigger from winnie the pooh costume Winnie the Pooh & Tigger : See home made costumes / see book (UK / US)

easy skeleton costumesFunny Bones : see home made skeleton costume / see book (UK / US)

4069671106_7f7a10085cGlenda and the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz : see home made costume / see book (UK / US)

TinTin-CollageTin Tin : see home made costume / see book (UK / US)

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Flower Fairy : see home made costume / see books (UK / US)

back-of-wingsEverybody Loves Butterfly : see home made wings / see book (UK /US)

diy cinderella shirt for a cinderella costumeCinderella : see home made costume / see book (UK / US)

Little Bo Peep found her Sheep with overlatyLittle Bo Beep and Her Sheep : See home made costumes / see book (UK / US)

I hope these World Book day costume ideas have been helpful for your World Book Day or Book Week plans!

If you have made a costume that you’re really proud of, come over and share your pictures on the In The Playroom Facebook page. We’d love to feature you!

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