Your easiest ever World Book Day costume ideas!

World Book Day costume ideas

5 super simple ideas

Whether your school is doing a virtual World Book Day this year, or postponing the fun until everyone’s back in school, here are some easy ideas to feel inspired by. From Matilda to Peter Rabbit, this is how you’ve recreated your children’s favourite book characters using items you’re likely to have at home.

1. Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere Engineer is an enjoyable read that may also inspire your child to take an interest in STEAM subjects. And we love Rosie’s easy, breezy outfit. No white lab coats here. You can enjoy science and wear fun patterns, you know. Now that’s inspiring.

All you need is: A red skirt or dress (preferably stripy), a white top and tights, red shoes and a red and white spotty scarf.

Top tips: 

A plain red skirt or dress will work well, and so will black school shoes.

The easiest way to tie the scarf is in a bow.

They could use the book as a prop!

World Book Day costume ideas
World Book Day costume ideas

2. Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is a quick win for World Book Day because all you need is a pair of rabbit ears and a blue cardi, and then look – extra cuteness! Plus, it’s nice to share the original book with your child who may only know Peter Rabbit from CBeebies or the films. 

You’ll need: A pale blue cardigan, jacket or shirt, brown trousers, boots, ears, and a carrot!  

Top tips:

Fluffy boots are cute, but not essential. Any style of brown shoe will work nicely.

If you don’t have ears in your dressing up box, we like these ones from Hobbycraft (£1).

No carrot? Draw one on card and snip it out. Or, raid your child’s collection of toy food. 

3. Matilda

If you grew up reading Roald Dahl’s books, it’s an exciting day when you can share them with your child. Matilda is a great choice for World Book Day. You remember the story – Matilda, gifted bookworm punishes bullying headmistress Ms Trunchball using the power of her mind. All you really need for this outfit is a giant book and a cheeky smile.

What you’ll need: A blue dress, short socks, school shoes, a red ribbon, and a big book.

Top tips: 

If your child is too little to carry a big book around, they could wear a book bag instead.

If it’s chilly, add a plain cardigan fastened at the neck.

Optional extra: Pop a plastic newt (or lizard) and water in a clear plastic cup – the kind with the screw lid and straw is perfect.

World Book Day costume ideas
World Book Day costume ideas

4. Queen of Hearts

For an idea with a little more wow factor, look no further than the Queen of Hearts from the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. It takes a little more effort, but we think you’ll agree the result is worth it.

All you need is: A red skirt (or dress), red tulle, safety pin, pack of playing cards, ribbon, a sewing kit and a crown.

How to make it:

Attach the playing cards to the tulle with fabric glue. Once your child is wearing their skirt, wrap the tulle over the top and secure with a safety pin. You could also glue the cards directly onto the skirt, if you don’t mind donating it to the fancy dress box. 

To make the belt, use the fabric glue again to stick the cards on to the ribbon in a row. Cover enough ribbon to wrap around your child’s waist, and leave enough spare to tie a bow at the back.

For extra wow, glue playing cards onto another length of ribbon to be worn as a collar.

For the finishing touch, add a crown. (You can jazz it up with tulle and cards if you like, but a simple toy crown will work fine).

5. Little Red Riding Hood

Fairytales provide easy inspiration for World Book Day. The tale of Little Red Riding Hood is a useful last-minute idea because you simply have to dress your child in red to create the desired effect. 

What you’ll need: A red dress and tights, boots, a red ribbon, and a basket.

Make it simple:

Any red clothing will do – aim to have them wearing red from head to toe.

Any basket is fine too. Do you have an Easter basket lying around that you could use? Or you could fill a lunchbox with toy food.

Accessorise with a fluffy (beautiful wolfskin) coat!