Book Character Costume Ideas for World Book Day 2017

Book Character Costume Ideas for World Book Day

Trying to find a good book character costume for your child to wear on World Book Day? Help is at hand!

We’ve put together a list of the best-loved characters from the world of literature to help you find the perfect World Book Day costume.

From old classics like Willy Wonka and Alice in Wonderland to modern classics like the Gruffalo, browse our huge list of book character costume ideas for inspiration!

Best book character dress up ideas

The Gruffalo

Let’s start our book character costume ideas with a modern classic – the Gruffalo! Penned in 1999, it’s become one of the most successful children’s books ever with a film and a West End version of it!

Dressing your child up as the Gruffalo is easy – simply grab a shop-bought costume or follow our easy tutorial to make your own gruffalo mask.

Gruffalo Costumes

Dennis the Menace

A Dennis the Menace costume like this is perfect for little troublemakers! He’s a comic book legend and instantly recognisable with his curly hair and red and black striped top. The perfect book character costume for kids with a mischievous streak!


It wouldn’t be World Book Day without a Roald Dahl character or two, and Matilda is a classic!

Whether your child is a fan of the book or the film, all they need is a Matilda costume like this to dress up as the world’s favourite bookworm. Then give them a book as a prop to make sure they truly look the part!

Miss Trunchbull

Why not dress your child up as the infamous headmistress Miss Trunchbull from Matilda? They’ll have loads of fun getting into character (just practise looking angry and terrifying!) and once you have a basic shop-bought costume, all you need to do is put their hair in a bun to complete the scary Mrs Trunchbull look. Your child could even pair up with a friend dressed as Matilda to be the ultimate Roald Dahl duo!

Matilda and Mrs Trunchbull Costumes for Dahlicious Dress Up Day


Follow the yellow brick road with this fun World Book Day dress up idea – Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! Everyone knows the film but did you know it was originally a book, written in 1900?

With a blue and white pinafore-style dress and a white blouse your child will definitely look the part as Dorothy – just plait their hair and add a pair of red shoes!

The Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion

Next up are Dorothy’s friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion! These book characters make a brilliant group costume for World Book day and once you look the part, you’ll be all set to embark on adventure down the yellow brick road!

Wizard of Oz Group Costume

Fantastic Mr Fox

How about another Roald Dahl favourite – Fantastic Mr Fox? Whether your child is a fan of the book or the film, they’ll look slick as a fox with this four-piece Fantastic Mr Fox costume.

Or if you fancy getting crafty, have a go at making your own Fantastic Mr Fox mask out of an old cereal box with our easy step-by-step tutorial.

Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox Costume

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The next of our book character costume ideas is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has loads of great characters to choose from.

Dress your child up as the eccentric Willy Wonka, his young protégé Charlie Bucket or one of the legendary Oompa Loompas!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Costume


If the BFG is one of your child’s favourite books, it’ll make a great book day costume! Spark their imagination with a BFG costume like this that comes complete with his iconic big ears and a horn!

Roald Dahl BFG Costume

Harry Potter and Hermione Granger

Who doesn’t love the Harry Potter books? Whether you’re a parent looking for a good World Book Day character idea for your child or a teacher looking for a costume for yourself, you can’t go wrong with this famous wizarding gang!

Dress up as Harry, Ron or Hermione or if you’re feeling mischievous, a death eater! Take a look at our full range of Harry Potter costumes for the full selection.

World Book Day Costumes for Kids

Alice in Wonderland

Take a tumble into wonderland with an Alice in Wonderland costume! Choose from loads of great book character costume ideas including Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, and if you really want to embrace the spirit of wonderland, turn your World Book Day celebrations into a Mad Hatter’s tea party!

Where’s Wally?

This easy book character costume is an absolute classic! There may not be any words in Where’s Wally but it’s a book nonetheless and your child will be instantly recognisable in their costume! All they need is a Where’s Wally costume like this and the search can begin!

Where's Wally World Book Day Costumes for Kids

Horrid Henry

If your child’s a fan of the Horrid Henry books, this costume will be perfect! It includes a top, bottoms and even a realistic Horrid Henry mask – perfect for causing lots of trouble on World Book Day!

Horrid Henry Costume

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children’s books of all time and as far as iconic book character costumes go, this one’s spot on. This official Hungry Caterpillar costume includes a caterpillar tabard and a headpiece to instantly transform your child into the caterpillar who transforms into a beautiful butterfly!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Costumes

Mr Men and Little Miss

We’ll bet our bottom dollar that you read the Mr Men books as a kid, or you’re reading them to your own child!

And if your child reads them too, why not dress them up as their favourite character? We particularly love this cute Little Miss Sunshine costume!

Mr Men & Little Miss Costumes


Before Pinocchio was the star of a much-loved Disney film, he was the star of a book! And this Pinocchio costume makes a brilliant World Book Day costume that’s a little less mainstream. Just remember not to tell any porkies or you know what’ll happen to your nose!

Pinocchio Costume

Wee Willie Winkie

Or how about dressing your child up as Wee Willie Winkie – the nursery rhyme star who runs around town in his nightgown? This Wee Willie Winkie costume could also double up as a good Ebenezer Scrooge costume!

Wee Willie Winkie Costume

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?! Pair this Little Red Riding Hood costume with this wolf costume for a great group World Book Day costume for a brother and sister!

Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf Costumes

We hope we’ve given you enough inspiration to start planning your child’s World Book Day costume! Browse our full range of World Book Day costumes to pick up any of the costumes featured in this post or stay on our blog for more inspiration! 

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