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Easy World Book Day Costumes for Teachers

Easy World Book Day Costumes for Teachers

It’s the evening before World Book Day and, as usual, you haven’t had a minute to get a costume together. But fear not! We have a list of easy World Book Day costumes for teachers that are actually easy and don’t require dusting off the sewing machine or ordering elaborate props...




Bruce Bogtrotter (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

Dress in a school uniform (or as close as possible) and grab a big old chocolate cake from the shops. Smear chocolate all over your shirt (and your face) and have an excuse to chow down on chocolate cake all day!





Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

Pop a red ribbon in your hair and bundle a stack of books together with string or a belt and voila!





Miss Honey (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

A floral dress, a colourful cardy and a pair of glasses are all you need to transform yourself into Matilda’s lovely teacher, Miss Honey.


Miss Honey and Matilda
Miss Honey and Matilda




The Boy in the Dress (by David Walliams)

For any male teachers out there, grab a dress and a football and you’re good to go.



Sophie (The BFG by Roald Dahl)

Put on a nightie or a pair of pyjamas, then make a quick dream jar using a jam jar, glitter and some fairy lights if you have them.





Where’s Wally? (by Martin Handford)

A classic that always goes down well! If you have a stripy top, a bobble hat and a pair of glasses then you can spend all day standing around with no one being able to find you. Maybe not...but it’s a pretty easy costume.





The Cat in the Hat (by Dr. Seuss)

Dress all in black and make a tall red and white hat from paper or card. If you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, a cat nose and whiskers painted on with eyeliner will complete the feline look.





Harmony (The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith)

Carry around a 50p piece or cut a large one out of card. Just make sure it has a picture of the queen on it and you have a super easy World Book Day costume!



Beegu (by Alexis Deacon)

If you happen to be the kind of person who has yellow leggings and t-shirts lying around, then Beegu might be a good option for you! Just dress all in yellow and make some long, floppy yellow ears from card.




Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)

All you need to transform yourself into Charlie is a great big golden ticket to hang around your neck. Grab a big piece of yellow paper and write out your very own invitation to visit Willy Wonka!





Mr Bump or Little Miss Whoops (by Roger Hargreaves)

Dress in blue, wrap yourself in bandages and stick some plasters on your head. Done. Loo roll will suffice if you don’t happen to have meters of bandages in the bathroom cupboard.





James Bond (by Ian Fleming)

Go suave and dust off whatever fancy suit you wore to your last wedding. Probably best to leave the martini at home though.





The Paper Dolls (by Julia Donaldson)

Wear a school uniform (or as close to as you can get) and make a paper chain of dolls to wear around your neck.




Tintin (by Georges Remi)

All you need to pull off the Tintin look is a blue top and a serious amount of hair gel.





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Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling)

You don’t always need full-on wizard regalia to dress us as Harry Potter. He spent most of his childhood dressed as a muggle. Just get a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and draw a scar on your head.





The Pevensie Children (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)

Choose your favourite of the four Pevensie children, then pop a box on a piece of string, write yourself an evacuee ID card and you have a World Book Day costume that’ll be the envy of all Narnia.





The White Witch (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)

Dress all in white a pop a tiara on your head, and if you have some white face paint, apply it liberally. Spend all day glaring at children and generally looking like you’re up to mischief...oh and have a box of Turkish delight handy to give to any kids you want to bribe!*
*Just kidding, obviously.


The White Witch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe




Flying Fergus (by Chris Hoy)

If you’re a keen cyclist, pop on your gear and a helmet and you’re ready to go to World Book Day as Flying Fergus.




Saucepan Man (The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton)

Stick a colander on your head and attach a bunch of pots and pans to your person. You might not be able to sit down but you’ll look terrific.




A Prince or Princess

Put on your fanciest outfit and go royal for the day. There are so many people to choose from The Book Trust has created a Prince and Princess book list.





If you are feeling inspired by World Book Day, read our easy book corner ideas blog and see how you can improve your book corner.


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