Best World Book Day Outfits to Buy Now

    World Book Day 2023 is in just one week – are you searching for your child’s favourite character costume to dress them up in for the celebrations? We’ve picked out the best World Book Day outfits to buy now in time for the big day.

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    Best World Book Day Outfits to Buy Now

    An annual celebration of authors, illustrators and, of course, a love of reading, World Book Day is a worldwide UNESCO celebration and has been a much-loved event in the UK since 1997.

    Traditionally, children receive book vouchers to spend on new books as well as celebrating by dressing up as their favourite characters at school or public events. Here, we pick out the best World Book Day (this year, on Thursday 2 March 2023) costumes for your little ones to buy now.

    Very Hungry Caterpillar Deluxe Children’s Costume, John Lewis, £26.99

    A truly iconic children’s book, this cute Hungry Caterpillar costume is a fun World Book Day choice for fans of the beloved story, featuring a striped tabard with little feet and a red hat.

    Buy now from John Lewis

    Gruffalo Toddler & Child Costume, Party Delights, £19.99


    This plush jumpsuit is perfect for a World Book Day costume and will keep your little one comfy all day. This licensed Julia Donaldson Gruffalo costume has it all (except the poison!), you can even find the deceptive little mouse!

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Harry Potter Robe Kit, Party Delights, £14.99

    Harry Potter Robe Kit £14.99 at Party Delights

    Everyone’s favourite character Harry Potter is a classic World Book Day outfit. Become the Boy who Lived with a Harry Potter Hogwarts robe, featuring the Hogwarts crest on the chest, a red lining and its own wand.

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Roald Dahl Willy Wonka, Party Delights, £14.44

    Roald Dahl Willy Wonka £16.99 at Party Delights

    This Willy Wonka outfit has all everything your child needs to transform into Roald Dahl’s iconic chocolate factory owner and much-loved character. The colourful jacket, trousers and smart waistcoat are accessorised with the classic Wonka top hat and bowtie to make your child best-dressed on World Book Day

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Dress, Party Delights, £19.99

    Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Dress £19.99 at Party Delights

    Your little girl will love the cute feline dress, white gloves, jaunty headband and Dr Seuss’ cat’s instantly recognisable hat! Red and white tights complete this fun Dr Seuss outfit.

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Kids ‘Find Me’ Book Where’s Wally Character Costume, Amazon, £16.99


    Your little explorer will love dressing up as everyone’s favourite face in the crowd this World Book Day with this great-value set that includes long-sleeved top in Wally’s iconic red and white stripes, plus a bobble hat and glasses.

    Buy now from Matalan

    Alice in Wonderland Costume, Party Delights, £12.99

    Alice in Wonderland world-book-day-costume

    Join the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts with this classic blue and white dress and headband combo, a charming outfit for all ages on World Book Day.

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Stick Man, Party Delights, £24.99

    Stick Man world-book-day-costume

    If you have young children, you’ll know about Stick Man. The hero of Julia Donaldson’s wonderful book is brought brilliantly to life with this adorable fancy dress costume and your little one will love dressing up as the Stick Man for a more unusual World Book Day costume!

    Buy now from Party Delights

    Paddington Bear Deluxe Children’s Costume, John Lewis, £31.99


    This adorable Paddington Bear fancy dress costume features cushioned Paddington Bear head hood, and a full coat and trousers all-in-one, ready to start the day in true character style and bring the book to life.

    Buy now from John Lewis

    Gangsta Granny Outfit with Wig David Walliams Costume, Party Delights, £24.99

    gangsta granny-world-book-day-costume

    Transform your little one into the ultimate Gangsta Granny with this seven-piece costume. Based on David Walliams’ classic children’s book, this amazing outfit is perfect for kids to dress up for World Book Day.

    Buy now from Party Delights

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