Book themed fancy dress costumes

Book themed fancy dress costumes

On my daughter’s second day at school, she brought home a letter to say the following Friday was reading day and she should go dressed as her favourite book character. She’d barely started reception and already it was a themed none uniform day. The idea behind the day is great though as it was a day to celebrate books and do lots of activities around books and reading. The date was picked as it was the launch of the school book fair which is running all this week. This week is also the Book Trusts Time to Read campaign. I have to admit to lacking inspiration for dress up costumes. Left up to F, she would have worn her Halloween bat costume but I wanted her to get into the spirit of the day as it was intended to encourage a love of reading. I decided I wouldn’t be the only parent lacking inspiration so I asked my fellow blogger for inspiration for book themed fancy dress costumes.

Face paint comes into its own on world book day! We love the Tiger who came to tea and tiger face paint is so easy! – The money whisperer

Book themed dress up costumes

Photo credit – The money whisperer

Matilda using clothing you may already have, dungarees, top, red ribbon in hair and a book in hand – Anklebitters adventures.

Where’s Wally for a boy/girl it’s easy to do a  red stripy top and glasses. Dorothy from the wizard of oz a blue checked dress red shoes and a picnic type basket with a dog toy in it – My crazy family story.

Goldilocks or Little red riding hood costumes are cheap to pick up from all the major supermarkets (around world book day but I couldn’t find any in September) – Five Little Doves.

Book themed dress up costumes

Oompa Loompa costumes are very cheap. The added advantage is that people either think that your child looks very sweet or it will scare the poop out of them! – Household Money Saving.

Sophie from the BFG, nightie, some of my old glasses with the lenses taken out, and her trainers – East Sussex Mummy.

What about a princess? The Queen of Collage shared her tutorial on how to make a cardboard crown.

In the end, I bought F a black cat costume and she went as Mog the forgetful cat (but she could have easily been Scarface claw or Slinky Malinky from the Hairy Maclary books).

Book themed dress up costumes

If you still need more ideas, this post from Sian at Hue me happy has 100 dress up ideas for world book day.

At least we’ve got plenty of book themed fancy dress ideas now for World book day next March.

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  1. September 18, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Some great ideas. Where’s Wally is always a hit! #KLTR

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      F’s teacher was Where’s Wally? It was wasted on her though as we haven’t introduced them to her yet!

  2. September 20, 2017 / 10:09 am

    These costumes look amazing and your little one is so adorable.
    Can’t wait for these days to start. We missed the first Book Day in nursery but hopefully next time I will take her dressed as her favorite character (now is any dog in any book) #KLTR

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you. We always miss them in the nursery as my two don’t go on a Friday.

  3. September 21, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Great selection! Apparently my daughter is going as Pippi Longstocking for World Book Day next March, she likes to be organised 😉 😉 😉 I always think a witch is good – Meg and Mog, Mildred Hubble, Winnie the Witch etc #KLTR

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Very organised. Yes a witch is a good one and very easy to get a suitable costume at this time of year.

  4. September 22, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    This is such a great post on fancy dress costumes for little ones. Thanks for the little mention too. #KLTR

  5. October 13, 2017 / 4:37 am

    This is so cool. I read those stories when i was a child. I love to share childhood favourites with my daughter. I like the dress ups. That is super cool especially the cat one. Thanks for linking to #KLTR

    • Claire
      October 14, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you. I love sharing classics with my daughters too.

  6. October 13, 2017 / 11:17 am

    OMG your costumes are fabulous. The Tiger that comes to Tea is one of our favourites books and I totally love your costume! Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

    • Claire
      October 14, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      I can’t take credit for any other than Mog. They are all great though

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