Who said World Book Day was just for kids? It’s also a great chance for teachers like you to get involved in the fancy dress fun!
Of course, you need to choose your costume carefully. You want someone your class will have heard of, that’s for sure, but it’s nice if you can also find a character that will help the kids learn a little something, too.
These outfits should provide all the inspiration you need!
When you’re a teacher, it helps to look wise, and they don’t come much wiser than Gandalf! Tolkien’s hobbit-helping, Fellowship-forming, death-defying wizard is a sure-fire hit with your students. You could even copy Sir Ian McKellen and remind them what will happen if they don’t get their homework done!
Everyone knows Alice in Wonderland, so dressing as the title character is a great way to go this World Book Day.
It’s such a fun book to read and study – you could even plan a whole day of games and activities themed around the Lewis Carroll classic!
3. The Mad Hatter
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
While the Mad Hatter’s riddle famously has no correct answer, this outfit certainly solves the puzzle of what to wear for World Book Day. Put your acting skills to the test and give your students a class they’re sure to remember!
4. The Queen of Hearts
Her punishments are a little too severe for the modern classroom, but there’s no denying the Queen of Hearts certainly commands the attention of everyone in the room.
She’s quite a flamboyant character as well, so if that’s a word that describes you, you might just have found your ideal World Book Day costume!
5. Mary Poppins
If Mary Poppins was a teacher, we think the first thing she’d do is use that magic flying umbrella to beat the morning traffic. We’re afraid you don’t have that luxury, but with this costume, you do have everything you need to take part in World Book Day!
If anyone can find a way to make work fun, Mary Poppins can!
Chim-chim-cheree, it’s Mary Poppins’ chirpy chimney sweep friend Bert! Did you know that the man with the questionable Cockney accent isn’t actually a chimney sweep in the original books? He’s actually a match-seller who sometimes draws pictures on the pavement with chalk, while the sweep is a totally separate character.
That won’t stop anyone enjoying this fun costume though – you even get your own sweeping brush!
We know you’re not really supposed to say his name, but given that the books finished over a decade ago and ended in Voldemort’s crushing defeat, you’re probably safe.
This is an instantly recognisable costume your students will love, and as the scariest wizard of all time, you should have no problem keeping the class in check!
8. Harry Potter
On the other hand, if you prefer to stick with the good guys, Harry Potter is another World Book Day winner! These authentic Hogwarts robes will transport you back to your school days in an instant, and we’ve got all the accessories you need, from Harry’s signature glasses to your very own magic wand.
9. Snow White
The original Disney princess, Snow White first appeared in print as one of the first Grimms’ Fairy Tales way back in 1812. Why not take World Book Day as an opportunity to introduce these classic stories to your class?
10. Little Red Riding Hood
Fairy tales are an endless source of ideas for World Book Day. This time, it’s Red Riding Hood who provides the outfit, and thankfully there’s not a wolf in sight!
Traditionally, Cinderella has to be home by midnight. School tends to finish around 3:30, so that shouldn’t be a problem for you!
With no need to rush home, you can relax and spend all day as this fairy tale princess, without worrying about your dress turning into rags. We can’t promise you a pumpkin carriage, though!
12. William Shakespeare
Here’s a good option for you English teachers out there! True, Shakespeare may have written plays rather than books, but given that your class is likely to have read at least one of them, we reckon the bard qualifies.
13. Captain Hook
We’re sure every teacher has at least one student who spends their day looking at the clock, waiting for home time. Well, for one day only, they might need to listen as well as look!
Captain Hook might be feared out there on the high seas, but he’s on land now, and you just never know if that crafty crocodile has followed him into the classroom. Tick, tock!
The wonderful thing about Tiggers is they make a great World Book Day outfit! This one couldn’t be much easier, it’s a simple onesie that you can take with you on your commute and put on when you get to work. It’s sure to put a spring in your step!
15. Miss Trunchbull
Okay, we admit it. The only actual teacher on our list is best known for being completely terrible. Honestly, it’s a wonder Miss Trunchbull was ever employed by the school at all. Someone needs to have a stern word with the Board of Governors.
Of course, The Trunchbull does give you a chance to have a bit of fun and play the pantomime villain with your classes. Just make sure no one tries to slip a newt into your drink!
16. Fantastic Mr Fox
Sticking with the Roald Dahl theme, Fantastic Mr Fox is a smart, easy-to-wear outfit that lets you maintain your usual air of authority even while wearing a bright orange fox mask!
17. Willy Wonka
We’ll finish with a real fancy dress favourite – Willy Wonka! This costume is inspired by Johnny Depp’s take on the character in the 2005 Tim Burton film, but if you’re more of a Gene Wilder guy, we’ve got that outfit too!
Get ready for World Book Day
Now that your costume is sorted, it’s time to plan some fun activities to celebrate World Book Day with your class!
Originally published: January 2016