The situation: the school you’ve been booked in for on Thursday the 2nd of March has requested you dress up for World Book Day. Whilst racking your brain for ideas, you’re also quite aware that
it’s a little daunting seeing as though you may not know the staff and students well enough yet, if at all. However, sometimes in these cases, the best way to fit in is to stand out!

Let’s also not forget the other conundrum here. How do you find a great costume to wear without breaking the bank? We came accross a very helpful post on that has OODLES of
great costume ideas that you most likely already have at home!

Here are TeacherIn’s top picks:

Book characters that wear pyjamas

Grandmother – Little Red Riding Hood
Ben – Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Wendy – Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Book characters that wear a red and white stripy top

‘Boy’ – Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers
Grace – Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
Dave – Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Willy or Wanda – Where’s Willy Series

Book characters that wear a blue or black and white stripy top

Burglar Bill – Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Father Christmas – Father Christmas Goes on Holiday by Raymond Briggs
Julius Zebra – Julius Zebra by Gary Northfield
Grandma Swagg – Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Book characters that wear a fairy or winged costume

The Fairy Godmother – Cinderella by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm
Puck – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
Tinkerbell – Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Book characters that wear football kit

Football Academy by Tom Palmer
Girls FC by Helena Pielichaty
Willy – Willy the Wizard by Anthony Browne

For even more ideas go here!


If you need more World Book Day inspiration, there are free and downloadable resources available on to help you maximize your book day fun! 

And due to the National Book Tokens’ generosity, World Book Day UK will be sending approximately 15 million book vouchers to children and young people across the country. They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new, and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audiobook costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

Make sure to follow their Twitter (@WorldBookDayUK) and Facebook for live updates!


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