The Best World Book Day Costumes 2020

Costumes for children, adults and babies at the best prices
The Best World Book Day Costumes 2020

World Book Day is coming up on Thursday 5th March 2020, and if you want to get a head start and the best choice of costumes for your children now is the time to get organised.

Here's our guide to the best World Book Day costumes out there, for the best prices, both for children and also for adults who are joining in.

Top Deals on World Book Day Costumes

Asda George:


  • World Book Day costumes £6.99 each @ Lidl* in stores from Thursday 27th February. Alice In Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Spider-Man costumes, available in ages 4 -10 years.

Children's World Book Day Costumes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costumes from Asda

If your child's school, nursery or playgroup is joining in with World Book Day there's a huge selection of fancy dress costumes out there, with a whole host of book characters from classics to new favourites. Yes, you can make your own, but if you're short on time or not too handy with a glue gun and crafting here's the best World Book Day costumes you can buy.

Here's our favourites for children of all ages, or if you are looking for costumes from a specific author scroll down for Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, and Harry Potter costumes.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Mary Poppins

Where's Wally

Horrid Henry

Classic Fairy Tales

The Best Of The Rest

Harry Potter World Book Day Costumes

Harry Potter fancy dress costumes from Asda

Harry Potter


Ron & The Rest...

Roald Dahl World Book Day Costumes

The Best World Book Day Costumes 2019

Julia Donaldson World Book Day Costumes

Julia Donaldson World Book Day costumes from Tu Clothing

If your child is set on dressing as a Julia Donaldson character I have one word for you - Sainsbury's! Their Tu Clothing* range has by far the best fancy dress costumes of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and even Zog! Last year these sold out waaaaay before March, so you really need to be quick to nab these.

£5 World Book Day Costumes @ Asda George

£5 World Book Day Costumes from Asda George

If you don't want to shell out lots for a costume that's going to worn once, Asda George have some great money-saving options for you. They're selling lots of 'costumes' that are really accessory sets, so that it's really easy to match with your child's own clothes to make a full costume.

They have Harry Potter sets with a school scarf, wand and tie for in Slytherin*, Hufflepuff* or Ravenclaw* for just £5 per set.

Asda are also selling animal costumes of a headband and matching tail for £5 each that kids can wear with their own clothes. Choose from a dinosaur*, cat*, bunny*, bear*, lion* or tiger*.

Adult World Book Day Costumes

Adult World Book Day Costumes from Tu Clothing

Teachers, this is for you! If you work in a school, playgroup, library, book shop or nursery, chances are you'll be taking part in World Book Day too. There are more adult costumes on offer than ever, with Amazon, or the more specialist stores like Smiffys*, Party Delights*,* or Angels* giving the widest choice.

Harry Potter Adult Costumes

Mary Poppins Adult Costumes

Where's Wally Adult Costumes

The best of the rest

Where To Buy World Book Day Costumes

There's a huge variety of children's world book day costumes to choose from, and most of the major supermarkets and clothing retailers sell a range at this time of the year. Matalan*, Tu Clothing at Sainsbury's* and Argos* and Asda George* have some of the biggest ranges on offer at the best prices. For more unusual choices try specialist fancy dress stores like Smiffys*, Party Delights*,* or Angels*, or there's a massive variety at Amazon*.Aldi* are launching their World Book Day costumes online on Sunday 9th February, and they'll be in store on Thursday 13th February. Lidl usually sell World Book Day costumes too, though nearer the time.

When Is World Book Day 2020?

World Book Day this year is on Thursday 5th March 2020. Find out more about the day on their official World Book Day website.

Images: Matalan / Asda George / Tu Clothing

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  • Rachel B.

    I can see Mia as Mary poppins! Xx

    • Ailsa M.

      they do a Mary Poppins:heart:

      • Natalie H.

        I hope Eva does world book day

        • Lynn H.

          What is she having? Get it ordered xx

          • Natalie H.

            I don’t even know if they do it :rolling_eyes:

            • Lynn H.

              Eva loves dressing up :grinning: xx

            • Lisa W.

              Was just looking at them :grinning:

              • Courtney M.

                I need one for March :joy::joy:

                • Christine D.

                  I saw those and wondered... which one tho?

                  • Sophie E.

                    I wonder if Williams nursery will dress up!

                    • Lucy S.

                      Ah hungry caterpillar. Evies all time fave

                      • Emma B.

                        Man Peter rabbit I love it x

                        • Angela P.

                          I best get thinking about this actually thanks x

                          • Caroline M.

                            I could send him in a suit and he could go as Christian Grey! Haha. That’s a book!

                            • Noelle H.

                              Already doesn't feel that long since last one!! X

                              • XEmma S.

                                I like these x maisys school never does it :frowning2:

                                • Nic H.

                                  Omg the jemima puddle duck is amazing :heart:

                                  • Peter B.

                                    Mad hatter! Obviously :rolling_eyes:

                                    • Jennifer D.

                                      Love the Mary Poppins one!

                                      • Kate R.

                                        Love the Mary poppins one

                                        • Zoe P.

                                          There klass i like the fox and the caterpillar. X

                                          • Joanne B.

                                            Ah crap, is it almost world book day again!?!

                                            • Jess H.

                                              Barney's cousin has a fancy dress shop she gave Sophia loads to choose from think I'm gonna send her as little red riding hood if any of you want the link to their shop just message me xx