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World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 1 March 2018. Make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas.

Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no sewing whatsoever, which means you can spend less time making costumes and more time exploring the magic of books with your child.

Winnie the Witch

Winnie the Witch

Raid your craft cupboard and help your child create their own witch’s hat and hair, just follow the instructions on PDF guide to dressing as Winnie.

For Winnie you will need:

  • Blue, yellow, orange and purple paper
  • Black sugar paper
  • Elastic
  • Glue and scissors
  • These instructions
  • … and some bad jokes [PDF]

Download PDF instructions >

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Or perhaps your child is more of a Wilbur fan, in which case our headdress template is a quick and easy way to create your own Wilbur costume.

For Wilbur, you will need:

  • Black card
  • Green, pink, blue and black paper
  • White pencil
  • Black jumper
  • Black trousers or leggings
  • Black shoes

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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

There have been some brilliant dictionary costumes for World Book Day over the past 20 years.

This year, why not pin some of Roald Dahl’s best words to your outfit, apron or cloak, OR use a marker pen on an old shirt.


You’ll find some of our favourite words and their definitions below, including gobblefunk and piggery-jokery.

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Our favourite Roald Dahl words

  • gobblefunk (noun) – If you gobblefunk with words, you play around with them and invent new words or meanings.
  • biffsquiggled (adjective) – If you feel biffsquiggled, you are confused or puzzled. ‘You must not be giving up so easy,’ the BFG said calmly. ‘The first titchy bobsticle you meet and you begin shouting you is biffsquiggled.’
  • babblement (noun) – A friendly conversation or chat. ‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly. ‘We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean.’ – The BFG
  • whiz-banger (noun) – A whiz-banger is something that you really enjoy, like your favourite book or television programme. ‘Didn’t I tell you not to interrupt! This show’s an absolute whiz-banger! It’s terrific! I watch it every day.’ – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • piggery-jokery (noun) – Piggery-jokery means acting in a silly way and not taking things seriously. ‘But you must all be very very hushy quiet. No roaring of motors. No shouting. No mucking about. No piggery-jokery.’ – The BFG
  • kiddle (noun) – A young child. ‘Fleshlumpeater did that one! He went off to Baghdad to bag dad and mum and all the little kiddles!’ – The BFG
  • mushious (adjective) – Something that is mushious is both mushy and delicious. ‘It’s luscious, it’s super,/It’s mushious, it’s duper,/It’s better than rotten old fish./You mash it and munch,/You chew it and crunch it!/It’s lovely to hear it go squish!’ – The Enormous Crocodile
  • propsposterous (adjective) – Ridiculous or extremely silly.’ They maybe is looking a bit propsposterous to you,’ the BFG said, ‘but you must believe me when I say they is very extra-usual ears indeed.’ – The BFG

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Isadora Moon

Isadora Moon

Half-fairy/half-vampire, Isadora is the perfect quirky costume for younger children.

For Isadora, you will need:

  • Bat wings
  • Vampire teeth
  • Wand with pink star
  • Pink or black dress
  • Stuffed pink rabbit

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The Accidental Secret Agent

The Accidental Secret Agent

A super simple costume and break-time snack combined, for the Accidental Secret Agent (or as mum and dad know him, Kevin Twigg), you will need:

  • Black suit
  • White shirt or t-shirt
  • Banana

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Nixie the bad bad fairy

Nixie the bad, bad fairy

What mischief will Nixie’s wonky wand cause this World Book Day? Find out by dressing up as Nixie and making your very own magic wand – the wonkier the better.

For Nixie, you will need:

  • Black and white stripy t-shirt (long sleeved)
  • Short sleeved red dress, with black stars and assorted patches
  • Bent wand with red star

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