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Our Favourite World Book Day Costumes

World Book Day is just around the corner. Celebrations will be taking place across the UK on Thursday 7th March 2024 so it's time to start thinking about your World Book Day costumes.

It really is a fabulous opportunity for little ones to get excited about their favourite books and characters and getting dressed up plays a big part in that. Whether you're planning on creating your own costume or prefer to buy one, there are lots of options. We were in Sainsburys this week and spotted so many World Book Day costumes and just had to share them with you. From a Matilda costume, to a Willy Wonka costume, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Horrid Henry, there really is something for everyone.

See all of the World Book Day Costumes we found below - you can see them all online here too.*


You can view them all online here*

How cute is this Matilda Costume, based on Roald Dahl's very own bookworm? Comes complete with matching satchel containing a little red book.


This delightful Mary Poppins costume, which comes with matching hairband hat and umbrella.


Based on the classic story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Comprising of a pretty yellow dress and matching headband, the perfect World book Day outfit for a fairytale fan.


World Book Day wouldn't be complete without someone dressed up as Willy Wonka. Comes with top hat and a golden ticket bow tie.


I DO NOT LIKE Green Eggs & Ham - Dr Suess has to be one of our favourite book series. This Cat in the Hat costume looks amazing. We can't get enough of the top hat.


This three piece Fantastic Mr Fox costume pulls out all of the stops. The set includes includes 1 pair of fox printed leggings, 1 top which comes in a classic Mr Fox style and 1 hat to match! Plus there's a cute little tail attached to the back of the costume. 


So many World Book Day costumes to choose from.


How about this Stick Man costume which really does somehow manage to look like a Stick! Your little one will look super cute with their head peeping through.


We love this colourful Elmer the Patchwork Elephant costume, a classic early years read.


No World Book Day Costumes list would be complete without everyone's favourite bear Paddington. This Paddington Bear costume comes with it's very own bear hat.


A favourite costume over the years is this Peter Pan World Book Day costume, in fact, it's an ideal costume for all year round.


Little Gruffalo fans will go wild for this Gruffalo costume. A super cosy and comfy onesie with matching hat.


This Alice in Wonderland costume is so pretty with its tulle skirt and matching headband.


This Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz costume actually comes with basket and Toto!


Little Red Hiding Hood has to be one of the most well known fairytales and this Little Red Riding Hood costume looks exactly like you would imagine her outfit to look. Complete with red cape frilled dress.


For those who prefer a little mischief, this Horrid Henry costume is the perfect choice. It even has a Horrid Henry mask so your little one can properly get into character.


Oh my, it's a Gangsta Granny costume, that wig is the best! 


Cute, cute, cute, The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume is the perfect costume for little ones.


This adorable Peter Rabbit costume is ideal for Beatrix Potter fans, with its comfy all in one and matching bunny headpiece.


This bright orange Zog costume is such a fun outfit for World Book Day.


See them all online here.*

World Book Day in the UK is a vibrant celebration of literature and reading culture that takes place annually on the first Thursday of March. It's a day when schools, libraries, and communities come together to promote the joy of reading among children and adults alike. In the UK, World Book Day is especially known for its emphasis on encouraging children to explore the world of books through various activities such as dressing up as their favorite book characters, sharing stories, and participating in book-related events. The initiative aims not only to celebrate the magic of storytelling but also to address literacy challenges and promote access to books for all children, regardless of background or circumstances. Through World Book Day, the UK celebrates the power of literature to ignite imaginations, broaden horizons, and inspire a lifelong love of reading.

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