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Easy World Book Day 2024 Costume Ideas Using Clothes You Already Have

World Book Day Costume Ideas

World Book Day is a fantastic celebration of books, reading and literacy. As part of the celebrations most school expect kids to come along on World Book Day dressed as a character from a book, fairy tale or other literary work.

Great fun for the kids - but it can be a bit stressful for the parents!

Easy World Book Day 2024 Costume Ideas Using Clothes You Already Have

So here are some great ideas for World Book Day (or Book Week) costumes using the clothes that your kids will already have, and other bits and bobs that you may have around the house.

1) Pirates

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Pirates turn up in lots of books, from Peter Pan and Treasure Island to The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (yes, that was a book before it was a film). Fortunately pirate costumes are really easy. You need:-

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists - Printable Colouring Pictures

2) Ghosts

A Christmas Carol

Ghosts are also a perennial favourite in literature. From A Christmas Carol to any number of ghost stories. You need:-

3) War Stories

Carries war by Nina Bawden

Some hugely popular childrens novels are set in WWII; the most famous is the Chronicles of Narnia, there is but also Carrie's War, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and Johnny and the Bomb amongst many others. You can dress up as a child from WWII by wearing anything of the era

4) Tintin

Herge's Adventures of Tintin

Herge's Adventures of Tintin are stories of one little Belgian boy's tales of derring do. All done while wearing the fashionable children's clothing of the era it was written in. So in the 1920s he wore plus-fours, but by the 1970's he wore flared trousers, all without looking a day older! You need:-

5) Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking is brave and fearless - and she wears a wonderful jumbled hotch-potch of clothes, so just grab all your favourites out of the wardrobe. You need:-

6) Harry Potter and Friends

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

There is a very good chance that you have either a wizard or witch costume left over from Halloween already. Wear a cloak or wizard's hat over any clothes and you are good to go as either a pupil of Hogwarts, a teacher or another character from the Harry Potter books.

To go as a pupil of Hogwarts you need:-

Harry Potter Printable Puzzles

9) Paper Bag Princess

Paper Bag Princess

When the eponymous heroine of The Paper Bag Princess, Princess Elizabeth’s castle burns along with all her clothes, and with nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges a dragon as she tries to save a prince.

This one is easy! You will need:-

8) Where's Wally?

Where's Wally?

The Where's Wally books are a worldwide phenomenom, created by British artist and illustrator Martin Handford.

He is popular around the world, often taking a popular local name. In the US he is known as Waldo, while in France he is Charlie and in Denmark, Holder!

The costume is dead easy too.

9) Ballerina

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Is your daughter dance mad? Then she could wear her ballet kit to school for World Book Day. Younger girls can say that they are Angelina Ballerina, while older ones may prefer to say that they are Posy from Noel Streatfield's classic story Ballet Shoes. You need:-

10) Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney are hugely popular, spawning a successful film franchise. The costume is the easiest ever. You need:-

11) Heidi

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Looking for a classic? well Heidi, the story of a little Swiss girl who melts the heart of her grumpy old grandfather when she goes to live with him, is ever-popular. To dress up as Heidi you need.

12) Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist is one of literature's classics. If you have a bit of time, this costume is one where you can recycle old clothes that you have at home. You need:-

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