World Book Day ideas: 16 easy-to-do costumes

World Book Day is Thursday 3rd March 2022, and if you need a last-minute costume or simply don’t want to spend a lot, then we’ve got you covered.

You can either buy a World Book Day costume or go with one of these easy and last-minute World Book Day ideas. Be sure to take inspiration from some of the best children’s books as well as these classic children’s book quotes.

And, while kids tend to love dressing up it can be ‘just another thing to do’ for parents among the chaos that is family survival life.

Goodto.com Family Editor, Stephanie Lowe says; “Don’t be afraid to recycle whatever you have available. Last year, I sent my son into nursery in his skeleton Halloween costume, holding a copy of the book, Funnybones. Winner! Oh and also, get that eyeliner out – it can be used for so many things!”

We know that not all children love to dress up, and this change from the norm can throw them. In this instance it’s okay for them to know their own mind. Otherwise a meet in the middle might be to dress up as a main character who wears regular everyday clothes – such as Tracy Beaker series.

What day is World Book Day 2022?

Every year, World Book Day falls on the same day. It’s always the first Thursday in March, so this year World Book Day is on the 3rd March 2022. Though some schools and nurseries are celebrating Friday 4th March to finish the week on a fun high.

This year marks 25 years of the event and is the first in two years that children are fully back in the classrooms across the nation. And the WBD organisers are ready, with plenty of fun World Book Day resources to download and enjoy.

They’ve also made sure the traditional World Book Day money off vouchers are available in 2022 too. Just be sure to ask their school about getting your hands on the voucher or check the World Book Day website for further details.

With this in mind, we have some brilliant book character costume suggestions – from the easy to the slightly more experimental. For each of our World Book Day ideas, we’ve listed out what you’ll need to create it, including props and clothes, and a link to buy the book, if you don’t have it already.

World Book Day ideas 2022

101 Dalmations

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You will need:

White t shirt
Black marker pen
Black eyeliner pencil

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £10.25

 

2. Port Side Pirates

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You will need:

Paper
Pirate hat stencil
String
Black eyeliner pencil
Loo/kitchen roll inner cardboard
Any pirate paraphernalia (i.e. eye patch)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £7.34

 

3. Look Up

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You will need:

Orange clothes
Bike helmet
Tin foil (to cover bike helmet for an authentic astronaut feel)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £5.94

 

4. The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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You will need:

Orange clothes (bonus points if striped)
Orange face paint
Black face paint

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £4

 

5. Meg and Mog

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You will need:

Black clothes
Black witches hat (could paint paper black for homemade or recycle Halloween costume)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £3.55

6. The Boy in the Dress

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You will need:

One dress

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £4

7. Funnybones

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You will need:

A recycled Halloween skeleton costume OR…
Black clothes
White paper cut into bones attached to black clothes

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £4.50

 

8.  Gangsta Granny

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You will need:

Bandit eye mask (or paint one on with black face paint)
‘Granny style’ blouse or cardigan
Black skirt
Old slippers
Tights (for full effect, make sure they’re too big, so they wrinkle around the ankles)
Sack-style bag filled with screwd up paper
A granny wig

 

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £4

9. Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans

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You will need:

Sword (bought or made from cardboard)
Shield (bought or made from cardboard and decorated)
Helmet or crown (optional)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £5.25

10. Charlotte’s Web

You will need:

Black outfit
Two pairs of black tights
Screwed up newspaper (to stuff tights with)
Stapler (to attach tights to back of top)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £5.09

11. Little Miss Princess

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You will need:

Tiara (bought or made from card and decorated)
Tutu (optional)
Wand (optional)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £3.99

 

12. Where’s Wally?

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You will need:

Red hat (bonus points if striped)
Blue and white striped top
Round glasses OR eyeliner pencil drawn on

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £6.55

 

13. Hungry Caterpillar (The ‘after’ picture… him as a butterfly)

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You will need:

Butterfly wings (bought or made from cardboard and decorated)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £5

14. Harry Potter

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You will need:

Black cape (recycle Halloween one)
White shirt
Normal school trousers/skirt
Stick (The wand)
Stripey tie or scarf
Round glasses OR eyeliner pencil drawn on
Forehead lightening scar in lip pencil

 

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £6.55

15. Peter Rabbit

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You will need:

Blue jacket
Brown trousers
Face paint or eyeliner pencil – to draw on bunny whiskers
Bunny ears – cut from cardboard
Bag of carrots (optional)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £7.19

16. You Must Bring a Hat

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You will need:

An outrageous hat (or two if you’re feeling creative)

VIEW BOOK AT AMAZON: £5.94

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