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The best World Book Day costumes from the high street

Section: Toys & Education

It’s World Book Day on 7th March this year, so don’t leave their outfit to the last minute. From a Very Hungry Caterpillar to a Fantastic Mr Fox, we’ve rounded up the best costumes for babies, toddlers and school kids to dress up in and let their imaginations run wild. 

World Book Day Costumes for toddlers:

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1) Fantastic Mr Fox Costume, from £15, Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

Expect ALL kinds of mischief when they put on this Fantastic Mr Fox costume. Mr Fox is always a dapper chap, so this outfit consists of a burgundy tailcoat, gold waistcoat and neckerchief. It’s all very smart but it’s comfortable too – the trousers are elasticated – plus there’s a tail! 
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2) The BFG Costume, £14, Asda

As soon as you see those big ears, it’s easy to guess who this outfit is supposed to be. Change little kids into Big Friendly Giants with an impressive headband as well as a textured mock croc waistcoat, comfy elasticated trousers and a shirt to go underneath. 
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3) Alice In Wonderland Costume, from £18, Marks & Spencer

Let their imaginations really take off as they step into the magic of Wonderland with this sweet Alice outfit. Of course, this costume has her trademark black headband and lace bib but there are other little details that will delight fans, like a Peter Pan collar, a teacup motif and puff sleeves. 
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4) Very Hungry Caterpillar Costume, £26, 

Transform your little ones into a Very Hungry Caterpillar with this adorable padded velour and satin costume. It comes complete with a red hood and antennae and has a Velcro fastening, making it easy for them to crawl in and out of. 
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5) David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny Costume, £14, Asda

If your kids are addicted to David Walliams’ hilarious books, this costume of Gangsta Granny, the international jewellery thief, might be right up their street. As well as Granny’s violet dress and brooch, the outfit includes a grey-haired wig and an eye mask. Fortunately, a can of Granny’s cabbage soup isn’t part of the look!
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6) Matilda Costume, £16, Matalan

As you’d expect from Roald Dahl’s most famous book worm, this costume is accessorised with a bag for all theirfavourite reads. The dress itself is royal blue and features a tie at the neck and puffball sleeves to match the one Matilda wears throughout the book. 
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7) Elmer the Elephant Costume, £20, 

Babies can get in on the World Book Day action with everyone’s favourite colourful elephant. This costume has been cleverly designed as a Babygro in soft, lightweight jersey, and has a hood with elephant ears and a padded trunk emblazoned on its chest.
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8) Mary Poppins Costume, £19, Next

A costume that’s really supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. As well as the famous flying nanny’s buttoned-up Edwardian dress and blouse, the look is finished off perfectly with a floral hat that would definitely get Mary’s seal of approval. The only thing missing? You need to provide yourown umbrella for travelling purposes. 
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9) Peter Rabbit Costume, £14, Asda

This Peter Rabbit outfit comprises of the rabbit’s trademark blue jacket and green cross-over body bag (great for keeping carrots in), but the good news is that it’s all an all-in-one so there’s no chance of losing anything at the bottom of the dressing up box. The hood also comes attached and is made from a soft fleece to keep your little ones cosy and looking cute.
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10) Winnie The Pooh Costume, £16, Marks & Spencer

A costume that scores well in the cuteness stakes, this Winnie the Pooh outfit has a padded stomach and elasticated hem to give little ones this literary bear’s characteristic plumpness. There are also two little bear ears on the hood and a ‘honey’ patch to increase the ‘awwh’ factor further.   
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11) Black Cat In The Hat Costume, from £15, Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

Let your kids delve right into the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss with this Cat In The Hat outfit. This cosy velour all-in-one really brings the character to life and comes with a striped top hat and an oversized removable bow tie. 
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12) Dorothy Costume, £22, Next

Take a trip to Oz and along its Yellow Brick Road with this adorable Dorothy outfit. It includes hair ties, so you can create Dorothy’s two plaits, a lace-trim gingham dress and matching blouse. You need to provide your own ruby slippers (or nab some off an unsuspecting wicked witch!) 


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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  


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