16 Awesome Kids World Book Day Costumes

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Looking for fabulous kids World Book Day costumes? You’ve come to the right place if you want easy, colorful, popular and perfect costumes for a Book Character Dress Up Day at your child’s school!

World Book Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April every year in most places in the United Nations.  Many schools tend to make a big deal of this by celebrating books in various ways, many times having a Dress Up Day, or even a Book Week celebration, and kids are often asked to come to school dressed up as the character of a favorite book.

Sometimes this is easy for the kids – and the parents. Sometimes, it’s hard.  Sometimes you find yourself googling around online looking for ideas for kids world book day costumes because you just want to order something fast – no DIY this year for you. And today you’ve landing here. Hopefully we can help you out with some fabulous ideas for your child!

Remember… even if the character is more commonly known in movie form, as long as your child brings a copy of the book along (and it originally IS a book), you should be great!


Kids World Book Day Costumes – Set #1


Harry Potter series – Harry or Hermione

Harry Potter Books - Costume for World Book Day?The Harry Potter fantasy series by J.K. Rowling is one of the best selling and well-known books for kids/teens in the last few decades, if not ever.  Add in 8 popular Hollywood adaptations, and there are very few people who wouldn’t recognize a child dressed up in a robe, a striped scarf, circular glasses, and a zigzag scar on the forehead. You might be able to DIY a Harry or Hermione costume fairly easily, but if you’re wanting to go “all out”, check out the robes on Amazon! (SEE COSTUME #1 BELOW)

Lord of the Rings – Frodo Baggins

Lord of the Rings The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien are some of the best selling books ever written, period. Tolkien was a masterful storyteller, creating a complex and incredible world with interesting and believable characters like Frodo Baggins, the nephew of Bilbo (star of The Hobbit). Kids will love dressing up in hobbit attire for a day, especially if you can get some furry feet for them! 🙂  (SEE COSTUME #2 BELOW)

Little House On the Prairies – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Another classic series, detailing life in the pioneer days. These books are often on the curriculum in the younger grades, as they teach a lot about what life was like for the early pioneers. Dressing up as Laura isn’t too tricky if you have a long dress, an apron, and a bonnet in your dress up box!  (SEE COSTUME #3 BELOW)

The Hunger Games – Katniss Everdeen

Older girls/tweens might really go for the brave Katniss Everdeen look for their kids world book day costumes choice. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins isn’t quite at an age level appropriate for younger girls (some violence), but there are very few teens who haven’t read and been absorbed in the story of Katniss and Peeta, selected as “tributes” for the annual televised battle-to-the-death tournament put on by the Capitol to keep the citizens of Panem under control. Here’s my pick for a Katniss costume. (SEE COSTUME #4 BELOW)


Kids World Book Day Costumes – Set #2


Curious George 

The “Curious George” books (H.A. Rey)  are beloved by kids of all ages – but young ones especially will connect with the curious little imp. He always manages to find a way to save the day, even if he has made a mess of things. Kids will loved dressing up as Curious George for World Book Day, Halloween, or regular dress up fun. This costume idea will bring smiles and “I know who YOU are” comments – which is what young children really WANT when from their kids world book day costumes, isn’t it?  (SEE COSTUME #1 BELOW)

Peter Pan     or      Captain Hook

J.M. Barrie’s classic story of the boy who never grows up is a story that also will never get old!  Fantastic characters like the flying and brave Peter Pan, the mean, one-armed Captain Hook, the jealous pixie fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys and Wendy… Disney did a good job with the movie, but the book is the best!  If you haven’t read it, get it from the library, and then don’t be surprised if your kid’s world book day costume pick has been made! (SEE COSTUMES #2 AND #3 BELOW)

BFG – the Big Friendly Giant

The BFG by Roald DahlThe Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl has regained popularity with the recent Spielberg live action version coming out (2016). This friendly giant with the huge ears, wispy grey hair, and big nose is a fun character for a world book day dress up. Kids will love Sophie and her non-kids-eating pal for sure!  (SEE COSTUME #4 BELOW)



Kids World Book Day Costumes – Set #3


The Cat In The Hat          and         Thing 1/Thing 2

Dr. Seuss books like “The Cat In The Hat” and “The Cat In The Hat Comes Back” are well known and have been well loved for generations. Kids and adults would know that striped top hat and tail anywhere! And “Thing 1 and Thing 2” – the crazy blue-headed characters who get into a lot of trouble in “The Cat In The Hat” are perfect costumes for best friends, twins, or siblings for their kids world book day costumes!



Pinkalicious (by Victoria Kann and Elisabeth Kann) is a book about a little girl who simple loves pink. Adores it. Dreams of it. Names herself after it. And wears it… a lot of it. In a “pretty Pink princess” sort of way. If you have a little girl who loves the color pink and princess stuff… this certain would be an easy World Book Day costume! You likely would have a lot of this gear already in your dress up box… but if not – SEE COSTUME 3 BELOW


Cinderella is not just a movie – it began as a story. One of the original “Once Upon A Time” stories that children loved to listen to – and still do. Girls also love to dress up in her lovely blue ball gown and pretend to dance the night away (well, until midnight, right?), thinking about and singing about how dreams do come true. Cinderella is a fun and easy costume to convince a princess lover to wear for her world book day costume!  (See other princess dresses for little girls too.)





Kids World Book Day Costumes – Set #4


Alice In Wonderland      or    The Mad Hatter

Alice In Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol is one of those crazy, zany stories that you can’t quite figure out, nor do you know if you WANT to – you just want to enjoy the wacky characters, go with the silly plot line, and laugh at the funny way Alice ends up in the whimsical Underworld. There are so many great opportunities for fabulous world book day costumes for kids here! See my page on Alice In Wonderland Costumes For Kids for over 50 awesome options. Or, SEE COSTUMES 1 AND 2 BELOW.

The High King Peter  from The Chronicles of Narnia 

If your son has read “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, by C.S. Lewis, and other books in the Narnia series, he might love dressing up as The High King Peter in a cool knight/king costume! Sword, armor, a lion emblem emblazed on his chest… being a valiant and brave high king would be fun for a day! SEE COSTUME #3 BELOW.

Winnie the Pooh

Before Disney and Hollywood made Winnie the Pooh into a feature cartoon film, he was the main character of a beloved book – Winnie-The-Pooh, by A.A. Milne. If you have a young child (or older, why not) that loves this silly old bear who’s stuffed with fluff, why not pick up or make a costume for World Book Day that he or she will love to wear year round for fun? SEE COSTUME #4 BELOW.


There are endless ideas for kids world book day costumes,  but I hope these 16 ideas were of value to you and give you a place to start!

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, please, browse around the site – I have hundreds of other fun dress up ideas here! 

What has your child dressed up as for a prior World Book Day celebration? Please let me know in the comments below and feel free to share a pic or two! 🙂



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6 thoughts on “16 Awesome Kids World Book Day Costumes

  1. Matt's Mom January 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    These are great ideas. I don’t know if my son has this type of dress up days at school, but they have a whole week where they do something different everyday. I am not very imaginative, neither is he for that matter. There are some really neat costumes that I would have never thought of!

    • Marlaine January 18, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Hi Matt’s Mom,

      Yeah, some moms are very into “DIY” and others (like me) just aren’t… which is why I’d likely would gravitate towards “finished” costumes like these too.

      The school where I used to teach did a whole “Book Week” and one of the days was a dress up day – even as a teacher it was sometimes tough to come up with a great Book Character costume idea! These are fun ones, aren’t they?

      Have a great day!

  2. Riaz Shah January 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Hey Marlaine,
    World Book day? Omg they should really have that tradition here in Malaysia too! It would be really amazing to have children dressing up, the smile on their faces.

    Everyone here knows disney and we all sang Let it go in karaoke like nobody’s business too back then when Frozen came out although we’re a million miles away from you guys. Love your article, keep up the good work 😀

    • Marlaine January 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Riaz,

      Hello from Canada! No doubt children in Malaysia are the same as kids in Canada… loving dress up fun! And no doubt there are some fabulous costumes available for characters in favourite Malaysian kids books too! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Michel January 24, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Having a day where your child dresses according to their favourite book character is a great idea. It encourages them to go through their books and find their hero’s.

    Finding the right costume then is a bit of a challenge for the parents, unless you are an expert sewer. Thank goodness Amazon has such a large array and at good prices. I wish we had half the choice when we were kids.

    • Marlaine January 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      I hear you! Book character dress up can be a real challenge and stress for some parents. I’m no sewer at all, so I’d be falling into the “what can I put together out of your dress up collection” category or the “let’s just order something new” category myself. I agree with you that it’s amazing how many cool book character costumes there are!

      Have a great day!

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