Two boys in fancy dress in the forest

11 imaginative costumes for World Book Day

Transform your little ones into literary legends

By Kate Gilbert, 03 March 2016
11 imaginative costumes for World Book Day

On Thursday 3rd March, gaggles of Hermione's, Gangster Grannies and tigers (coming to tea of course) will be rushing through the school gates for World Book Day 2016. Here is a round-up of fabulous costumes from Asda to help improve your childrens' day of book-based fun and inspire their love of reading...

Fantastic Mr Fox

What better way to mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth then dressing up as one of his best loved characters, Fantastic Mr Fox. The costume comes with a faux-fur bushy tail, mask and bow tie.

Fantastic Mr Fox costume, from £14

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Bring the adored children’s book to life with this caterpillar costume, complete with detachable illustrated pieces of fruit. Munch munch munch. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume, from £13


Based on the classic fairytale, this costume comes with hair extensions and a bear bag. All they'll need now is a big bowl of steaming porridge (not too hot mind).

Goldilocks costume, from £11

Willy Wonka

With an oversized hat and bow tie, they’ll love bringing Roald Dahl’s wonderfully eccentric Willy Wonka to life in the playground. 

Willy Wonka costume, from £14

Mary Poppins

With just a spoonful of sugar, this costume will transform your children into P. L. Travers’s iconic Mary Poppins in the most delightful way.

Mary Poppins costume, from £14

Peter Pan

Originally written in 1904 by J.M. Barrie, the kids will love setting off for adventures in Neverland as the boy that never grew up. And what would Peter Pan be without his sword to defeat Captain Hook?

Peter Pan costume, from £13


The most loveable of all giants, the huge ears in this costume will bring Roald Dahl’s heartwarming classic to life.

BFG costume, from £14 

Harry Potter

Author J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is one of the best selling books of all time, having sold at least 107 million copies worldwide. Send your little ones off to Hogwarts dressed as the boy wizard himself, with the all important wand for casting spells and causing mayhem.

Harry Potter costume, from £14

Alice in Wonderland

Go through the looking glass for a world of imaginative play, dressed as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This beautiful outfit comes complete with a large pocket-watch bag and the essential Alice headband.

Alice in Wonderland costume, from £14

Little Red Riding Hood

Beware the big bad wolf when dressed as Little Red Riding Hood from the classic fairytale. Comes complete with iconic red cape and finger puppets of the wolf and Grandma so they can act out the whole terrifying story.

Little Red Riding Hood costume, from £11  

Where’s Wally?

This awesomely bold Where's Wally outfit will make sure your little one does anything but blend in at school. Oversized glasses and hat a necessity (thankfully they're included). 

Where's Wally? Costume, from £14