15 World Book Day Dress-up Ideas

World Book Day is coming up on 2 March 2017 and we're so excited! But if your kids will be dressing up to celebrate, we know it can be difficult to think of a good character (with a feasible costume!) to dress up as. Not to worry, though; we've put together some World Book Day costume ideas that might just give you some inspiration.

1. Matilda

Voracious reader Matilda Wormwood is the perfect character to dress up as on World Book Day because she just loves books! To create this costume, all you'll need is a blue dress, a red hairband or bow, and a good book (or several!) to hold.

2. Paddington Bear

The adorable little Paddington Bear from Peru wears an iconic outfit that's easy to create. You'll just need a blue duffle coat, a soft red hat, red welly boots and - of course - a tasty marmalade sandwich! Add a suitcase to further enhance the costume, and hang a label around the neck which reads: 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.'

3. Dennis the Menace

To create a costume for playful scamp Dennis the Menace, you'll need a black-and-red striped jumper or t-shirt, black shorts, red socks, and a mischievous look on your face! You can also add a dog toy to represent Dennis's pet dog, Gnasher.

4. Little Red Riding Hood

To create a simple but effective Little Red Riding Hood costume, simply pair a red dress or cloak with a wicker basket, and that's it! You could also add a white apron and a wolf toy to represent the Big Bad Wolf.

5. A hobbit

Young fantasy fans will love dressing as their favourite hobbit from The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings this World Book Day. Whether it's Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Pippin or Merry they want to dress as, a great hobbit costume is simple to create. All you'll need is green, brown or grey clothing, a hairy pair of slippers and a waistcoat. Easy! You can add a thick, curly wig, too, to create the perfect hairy hobbit costume.

6. Alice in Wonderland

Dressing up as the classic character of Alice is a great option this World Book Day. All you'll require is a blue dress, a white apron, white tights and a blue hairband.

7. Tinkerbell

To put together a costume for the adorable little fairy from Peter Pan, pair a green dress with some glittery fairy wings and tie your child's hair in a bun or topknot. Accessorise with a wand and a pair of dainty shoes, and you've got yourself a truly magical costume.

8. Peter Rabbit

The beloved little bunny Peter Rabbit wears a very sweet costume which is simple to put together. Pair a baby-blue jacket with some grey bunny ears and the costume's complete! You can also add a fluffy cotton-wool tail and a nice carrot to munch on, too.

9. The Cat in the Hat

This is a brilliant choice for Dr. Seuss fans. You can either use a black-and-white cat onesie, or simply pair black-and-white clothes with a long tail. Add a big, red bow-tie, draw on some cat whiskers and a black nose, pop a red-and-white stripy hat on your child's head, and the costume is complete!

10. Harry Potter

For a great Harry Potter costume, simply use the shirt and trousers from your child's school uniform and add a black cloak, a pair of round glasses, a wand and a red-and-yellow stripy scarf. Draw a lightning scar on your child's forehead and you're done! You can make similar costumes for other Harry Potter characters, including Hermione and Ron. Your child could also take the appropriate soft toy to represent the various pets in the books: an owl for Harry, a cat for Hermione, and a rat or owl for Ron.

11. A witch

Speaking of witches and wizards, if you've already got a Halloween witch costume, you can easily adapt it for the perfect World Book Day costume. With a host of witches to choose from - including Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch, Meg from Meg and Mog and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - all you'll need to do is add the right accessories, hair-style and make-up and you've got yourself a spellbinding costume.

12. Dorothy Gale

A blue dress and a pair of red shoes is all you'll need to create a wonderful Dorothy Gale costume. Tie your child's hair into plaits with blue ribbons, and complete the costume with a wicker basket and a dog toy to represent Dorothy's little dog, Toto.

13. Wally

The rather elusive but friendly character of Wally from the wonderful Where's Wally? search-and-find books is hugely recognisable and fun to dress up as! Pair a red-and-white stripy top with blue trousers, add a bobble hat and you're all set. You could also add a walking stick to the costume if you have one.

14. Angelina Ballerina

For an enchanting Angelina Ballerina costume, you'll need a pink leotard and tutu, white or pink tights, ballet shoes and a pink bow. Add a pair of white mouse ears and the costume is ready! This is the perfect costume for little ballerinas.

15. Greg Heffley

The star of Jeff Kinney's hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is perfect for dress-up days because his costume is so simple! Team a white t-shirt with black shorts and a pair of white shoes and you're all set. You can add a black backpack if you've got one, too.

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