World Book Day dress-up tips for your child


It’s the week before World Book Day and your child has nothing to wear, but you don’t have to stay up all night fine-tuning an immensely intricate costume.

Former elementary school teacher Becky Cranham from Education Resource Experts PlanBee has a host of brilliant hacks for some of the most popular characters in children’s literature.

Bruce Bogtrotter (Roald Dahl’s Matilda)
Dress in school uniform (or as close as you can get) and grab a big chocolate cake from the shops. Spread chocolate all over your child’s shirt (and face). There it is !

Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Put a red ribbon in your child’s hair and bundle a stack of books with string or a belt. Peasy easy.

Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
All you need is a big golden ticket to hang around your child’s neck. Take a large piece of yellow paper and write their own invitation to visit Willy Wonka!

The boy in the dress (David Walliams)
Grab a robe and a soccer ball and your son is good to go.

Sophie (Roald Dahl’s BFG)
Put on a babydoll or pajamas and make a quick dream jar using a jam jar, glitter and string lights.

Where’s Wally? (Martin Handford)
If you have a striped top, a pom pom hat and a pair of glasses, your child can be on their feet all day and no one can find them. What’s not to like?

The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
Dress your child in black and make a big red and white hat out of paper or cardboard. If you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, a painted cat nose and whiskers with eyeliner will complete the look.

Beegu (Alexis Deacon)
If you’re the type of person who has leggings and yellow t-shirts lying around, then Beegu might be a good option. Simply dress your child in yellow and make long, floppy yellow ears from cardboard.

Mr Bump or Little Miss Whoops (Roger Hargreaves)
This one’s for the little ones: dress them in blue, wrap them in bandages, and stick on bandages. Loo roll will suffice if you don’t have meters of bandages in the bathroom cupboard.

Paper Dolls (Julia Donaldson)
Borrow a school uniform (or as close as you can get) and make a paper chain of dolls for your child to wear around their neck.

Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
You don’t always need all the wizarding outfits to dress us up as Harry Potter. He spent most of his childhood dressed as a Muggle. Just find a pair of thick rimmed glasses and draw a scar on your child’s head.

The Pevensie Children (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis)
Choose one of four Pevensies, then open a box on a piece of string, write an evacuee ID card and you have a World Book Day costume that will be the envy of all Narnia.

Flying FergusChris Hoy
It’s perfect for avid cyclists: strap on a helmet and any other cycling kit you can find, and you’re good to go.

Casserole Man (The Magical Distant Tree by Enid Blyton)
Stick a colander on your child’s head and attach a bunch of pots and pans to his body. They may not be able to sit up, but they will look great.

Photo credit: photo provided by empra

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