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By Oxford Owl, posted on 12th February 2021

World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 4th March 2021!

Make this magical celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas. Our free guides and activity sheets will help you create the perfect costume for beloved characters like Isadora Moon and Winnie the Witch.

You may also be interested in our activity videos for World Book Day and our top parent tips on sharing a story at home. We also have a free downloadable poster with tips on how to be a reading superhero this World Book Day.

Free costume guides

Isadora Moon

Half-fairy/half-vampire, Isadora is the perfect quirky costume for younger children. Download our free costume guide for our tips on dressing up as Isadora or one of her quirky companions.

For Isadora, you will need:

  • fangs
  • bat wings
  • messy hair
  • a magic wand
  • pointy fairy ears.

Dress up as Isadora Moon and friends >
Browse Isadora Moon books >

Make your own Kitty mask

Superhero-in-training Kitty is the perfect costume for children who love cats and superheroes! Our Kitty mask template is a super-easy way to create your own costume.

For Kitty, you will need:

  • orange and black stripy top
  • black dungarees
  • a black cape
  • cat ears (you can make these yourself!)
  • a black superhero mask.

Download Kitty mask activity sheet >
Browse Kitty books >

Pippi Longstocking party pack

In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75! Or, to be completely accurate, the first book about Pippi turns 75 – she herself will always be the free-spirited nine-year-old we all love. What better time to dress up as the strongest girl in the world?

You will find instructions and ideas for two Pippi Longstocking-inspired costumes on pages 8–11 of our free party pack.

Download Pippi Longstocking party pack >
Browse Pippi Longstocking books >

Winnie the Witch

Raid your craft cupboard and help your child create their own witch’s hat and hair, just follow the instructions on our PDF guide to dressing as Winnie.

For Winnie, you will need:

Download costume instructions >
Browse Winnie and Wilbur books >

Wilbur

Or perhaps your child is more of a Wilbur fan? If so, our headdress template is a quick and easy way to create your own Wilbur costume.

For Wilbur, you will need:

  • black card
  • green, pink, blue, and black paper
  • white pencil
  • black jumper
  • black trousers or leggings
  • black shoes.

Download costume instructions >
Browse Winnie and Wilbur books >

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

There have been some brilliant dictionary costumes for World Book Day over the past 20 years. This year, why not pin some of Roald Dahl’s best words to your outfit, apron, or cloak?

Here are some of our favourite Roald Dahl words and their definitions.

  • gobblefunk (noun) – If you gobblefunk with words, you play around with them and invent new words or meanings.
  • biffsquiggled (adjective) – If you feel biffsquiggled, you are confused or puzzled. ‘You must not be giving up so easy,’ the BFG said calmly. ‘The first titchy bobsticle you meet and you begin shouting you is biffsquiggled.’
  • babblement (noun) – A friendly conversation or chat. ‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly. ‘We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean.’
  • piggery-jokery (noun) – Piggery-jokery means acting in a silly way and not taking things seriously. ‘But you must all be very very hushy quiet. No roaring of motors. No shouting. No mucking about. No piggery-jokery.’
  • kiddle (noun) – A young child. ‘Fleshlumpeater did that one! He went off to Baghdad to bag dad and mum and all the little kiddles!’
  • mushious (adjective) – Something that is mushious is both mushy and delicious. ‘It’s luscious, it’s super,/It’s mushious, it’s duper,/It’s better than rotten old fish./You mash it and munch,/You chew it and crunch it!/It’s lovely to hear it go squish!’
  • propsposterous (adjective) – Ridiculous or extremely silly.’ They maybe is looking a bit propsposterous to you,’ the BFG said, ‘but you must believe me when I say they is very extra-usual ears indeed.’

Browse Roald Dahl language books >
Browse Roald Dahl activities >

Willow Wildthing

Explorer of The Wilderness, Willow Wildthing is the perfect character to dress-up as if your child loves wearing comfy clothes that they are very happy to get dirty in, exploring nature. With a distinctive red headband and leaves in her beautiful messy hair, dressing up as Willow will appeal to free spirits and adventurers alike.

For Willow Wildthing, you will need:

  • leaves (real, or drawn and cut from paper)
  • an orange t shirt
  • yellow leggings
  • shorts with a belt
  • a backpack

Download costume instructions >
More about Willow Wildthing >

Ballet Bunnies

One girl, four bunnies, and a wonderful dancing adventure!
Learning to ballet dance is harder than Millie expected. The other dancers in the class aren’t very nice to her either. But just when she’s thinking that maybe ballet isn’t for her after all, Millie meets the ballet bunnies! They live hidden in the ballet school, using what they find to make their home-ballet shoes for beds, upside down cups for tables-and secretly take the ballet classes with the humans. Maybe the ballet bunnies can help Millie master some news ballet skills after all!

For the Ballet Bunnies, you will need::

  • bunny ears
  • a tutu
  • pink shoes (ballet shoes if you have them!)

Dress up as the Ballet Bunnies >
Browse Ballet Bunnies books >