Posted on February 28 2019
If you’ve not sorted out your child’s World Book Day outfit yet, don’t worry you are not alone.
Children all over the country will be going to nursery or school dressed as their favourite character from a book on Thursday, March 7. But if you hate sewing or don’t want to spend money on a fancy dress costume, here are some simple solutions you can put together at the last minute.
If your daughter wears a blue gingham summer dress as part of her school uniform, you’re in luck as it’s the perfect starting point for dressing as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Tie your child’s hair into two plaits with ribbons and send her to school with a basket and a cuddly dog toy if you have them. If you have a pair of red shoes in the cupboard, this is the ideal opportunity to use them, otherwise school shoes and a pair of white socks will do the trick.
Wearing pyjamas is one of the easiest options when it comes to dressing up for World Book Day. You could send your child as a bedtime story by sending him or her in wearing their favourite PJs, carrying their favourite book and a teddy. If you prefer to base your creation on an actual character, your son or daughter could dress as one of the characters in The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. As well as pyjamas and slippers, you could add some bandages to their outfit to make them look more like patients in a children’s hospital and perhaps a balloon as well.
Roald Dahl’s books are packed with characters your child could dress as using clothes you already have at home. If you have some scruffy old clothes (the dirtier the better), your child could dress as Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Simply mess up their hair and if they’re feeling creative, you could get them to draw their own golden ticket. A blue dress and a pile of books is perfect for a child wanting to go to school as the young genius Matilda. If you have a child who really isn’t interested in dressing up at all, George from George’s Marvellous Medicine is a great choice. They can go to school in their ordinary clothes (a red jumper and jeans would be ideal but anything will do) and just take a saucepan and a wooden spoon for mixing Grandma Kranky’s medicine in.
If your little one is mad about dinosaurs and your toy boxes are overflowing with plastic prehistoric figures, why not incorporate them into your child’s World Book Day outfit? Pop your child’s dinosaurs into a bucket and send them to school as Harry from Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. This is another costume where your child can wear their own clothes so is fantastic if your youngster isn’t a fan of dressing up.
There are so many picture books about ballet, you’ll be spoilt for choice if your child already has a dance outfit or tutu hanging up in their wardrobe. Your little one may have a ballet-themed book in their bookcase or if you have time to whip up a mouse ears headband using some white cardboard, they could dress as Angelina Ballerina.
If your child dressed up as something spooky for Halloween, you probably already have the makings of a good World Book Day outfit. A witch’s hat and broomstick could turn your daughter into Meg from Meg and Mog, the witch from Room on the Broom, Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch or a character from Harry Potter. A pirate costume could be Captain Hook or one of his crew from Peter Pan, while a skeleton outfit could be a character from Funnybones.
Remember the main point of World Book Day is to celebrate stories and inspire a love of reading so don’t worry too much about making an elaborate costume. It’s far more important that your child spends time thinking about a story they love and want to tell their classmates about, even if this means they end up going to school in their own clothes or the same costume they have worn every year.