When is World Book Day 2022? 30 costumes for under £15

A girl in a bear costume for World Book Day

It's one of the most exciting days of the school year, often packed with fun activities in and out of the classroom - but when is World Book Day 2022? 

This year marks 25 years of the event and is the first in two years that children are fully back in the classrooms across the nation. And the World Books Day organisers are ready, with plenty of fun World Book Day resources to download and enjoy. They've also made sure the traditional World Book Day money-off vouchers are available in 2022 too. Just be sure to ask their school about getting your hands on the voucher or check the World Book Day website for further details.

When is World Book Day 2022?

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Every year, World Book Day falls on the same day. It's always the first Thursday in March, so this year World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March 2022. Though some schools and nurseries are celebrating Friday 4th March to finish the week on a fun high.

Coming up with a literary-themed costume for the kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite stressful - especially if it's left to the last minute! We have some inspiring ideas for homemade World Books day costumes (opens in new tab), plus a round-up of the best options available to buy online below. From your favourite classic and modern books to your favourite Roald Dahl and David Walliams characters,  we've got all levels of commitment covered.

World Book Day costumes 2022

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1. Cat in the Hat Costume

Sizes available: 3 to 12 years

Everyone at school will recognise this Cat in the Hat costume, available to buy from Amazon. One of Dr Seuss' famous characters, this set includes everything you'll need to become the Cat. It comes with a black jumpsuit with white fur stomach panel, a 3D red fabric neck bow, large top hat and a detachable cat tail.

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2. Disney Alice In Wonderland Blue Costume

Sizes available: 8 - 10 years

This adorable dress and stripy tights combo is bold, bright and a great choice for those who love Lewis Carroll's famous stories. Available at Amazon, it's also a good one to go for if you need a last-minute purchase.

VIEW AT - AMAZON | £12 (opens in new tab) 

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3. Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland costume

Sizes available: 4 - 12 years

Also available from Amazon, this alternative Alice and Wonderland costume is fit for a Queen. The costume set includes the red heart dress, an iconic look for the Queen of Hearts, and a 3D black felt crown to complete the look.

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4. Peter Pan costume

 Sizes available: 3 - 6 years

James Matthew Barrie's Peter Pan books have been made into films, television shows and stage plays for generations now. Encourage your little one to stay young and adventurous forever in this adorable costume available to buy online or in-store at Sainsbury's.

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5. Captain Hook costume

Sizes available: Medium - Extra Large

If your child prefers the pirate life then considering dressing them up as Captain Hook in this great World Book Day costume for 2022. Included in the costume is the jacket, jabot, trousers, belt and hat.

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The Little Red Riding World Book Day costume 2021 features a satin red dress with a red shoulder cape.

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6. Little Red Riding Hood costume

Sizes available: 2 - 10 years

Let your child's imagination run wild in this Little Red Riding Hood outfit, complete with the iconic red cape. To level up this outfit, pair with a soft wolf toy (opens in new tab).

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7. Disney's Mary Poppins costume

Sizes available: 3 - 8 years

This wonderful design will magically turn your little one into everyone's most treasured nanny. The navy dress comes complete with her iconic carry-all handbag and Mary's daisy hat.

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This all-in-one stripy orange Tiger suit is perfect for recreating The Tiger Who Came to Tea on World Book Day 2021

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8. The Tiger Who Came To Tea costume

Sizes available: S - XL years

With this striped onesie featuring a cheeky tail, transforming into the The Tiger Who Came To Tea has never been easier. The hungry lead animal from Judith Kerr's book has been a firm favourite among youngsters since 1968.

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An all-in-one Paddington Bear costume featuring his blue jacket, red hat and a bear face mask

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9. Paddington Bear Costume

Sizes available: 3 - 6 years

Dress up as everyone's favourite bear with this World Book Day 2022 costume. Pick up a jar of marmalade whilst you’re also in the supermarket too to really complete the Paddington bear look.

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A kid modelling the Where's Wally costume - which includes the round glasses, red hat and red and white striped t-shirt.

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10. Where's Wally costume

Sizes available: 12+ years

One for slightly older kids (or those who are a little taller for their age!), this Where's Wally costume is the perfect outfit for your little one on World Book Day. It includes the red and white striped t-shirt, hat and round glasses - simply add jeans to finish the look.

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A young blonde girl modelling the Goldilocks costume. The World Book Day costume 2021 features a yellow and white pinafore dress with a bear bag.

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11. Goldilocks (and the Three Bears) costume

Sizes available: 7 - 9 years

If you're swinging by B&M this week, check out this World Book Day costume for 2022. It's perfect for the little golden locks in your life and the little bear handbag is the ideal accessory.

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The Elmer the Elephant costume set features a multi-coloured patchwork onesie and matching head piece with an elephant's trunk and ears.

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12. Elmer The Elephant Multicoloured costume

Sizes available: 3 - 6 years

If your child wants a costume unlike anyone else's, they can't go wrong with this Elmer The Elephant costume. It features an all-in-one multicoloured suit in squares with a matching Elmer Elephant hat. An easy go-to to pick up the next time you're in the aisles or doing a shop online.

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A young boy in blue dungarees, a red and white striped top, a navy flat hat with pink pig ears and a pink pig's snout. This is a great way to dress up as the Three Little Pigs for World Book Day 2021.

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13. Three Little Pigs costume

Sizes available: S - XL

Who isn't familiar with the tale of the Three Little Pigs and the Wolf? Have your child dress-up as one of the pigs and get two of their friends to join in the fun too.

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Dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with this World Book Day costume 2021. The kit includes a red bow headband, a blue and white checked dress with red embellishments.

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14. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz costume

Sizes available: 7-9 years

Have your child take inspiration from the Yellow Brick Road with one of the best World Book Day costumes for 2022. This gorgeous Dorothy dress will look great on any young'en - just don't forget to add some ruby red slippers!

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An all-in-one brown Gingerbread costume for World Book Day 2021

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15. Gingerbread Man costume

Sizes available: 4 - 12 years

The Gingerbread Man is a classic kids' tale that children can bring to life for World Book Day 2022. This costume, available to order from Amazon for all those between the ages of 3 and 12 years, is an all-in-one suit and doesn't require any additional accessories to complete the look. But if you wanted to take it one step further, you could add a fluffy fox toy (opens in new tab) - to really capture the tale.

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16. Very Hungry Caterpillar Costume

Sizes available: Small - Extra Large

Perfect for those of all ages who love the classic Hungry Caterpillar stories! Just pair this cute mask and cape combo with a green outfit underneath and some face paint for the complete look.

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Peppa Pig costume for World Book Day 2022

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17. Peppa Pig costume

Sizes available: 2 - 3 years

There's no mistaking who your child has come dressed to World Book Day 2022 as in this Peppa Pig costume from Asda. With cute Peppa Pig character graphics on the front, a headband, ear attachments and glitter-effect crown right on top, it's the ideal costume for fans of the Peppa Pig books - and television show.

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18. Harry Potter costume

Sizes available: 3-12 years

When it comes to World Book Day 2022, much like any other year, we don't doubt that Harry Potter will be a popular option. But it's a winning costume for a reason! Make World Book Day much more magical with this cute Harry Potter costume. Don't forget to add the famous lightning bolt scar to their foreheads though.

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This Hermione Granger costume has a Gryffindor school uniform printed top with a matching grey skirt with red panels. It also comes complete with a brown wig and wand.

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19. Hermione Granger costume

Sizes available: 5 - 12 years

Have your kids get Hogwarts ready with this Hermione Granger costume from Sainsbury's. Complete with the wig and wand, we think this World Book Day costume for 2022 is great value too.

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20. Mermaid costume

Sizes available: 3 - 8 years

This is a costume where your child could be multiple characters - and you're bound to use it again and again. Whether they're a fan of Julian Is A Mermaid or the classic Disney Little Mermaid tale, they'll love the bright and bold, rainbow sequins on this fish tale.

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This Horrid Henry costume comprises of a blue top with a lenticular detail, navy trousers, a Henry mask and a cool whoopee cushion.

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21. Horrid Henry costume

Sizes available: 5 - 12 years

Eureka! This Horrid Henry costume is perfect for the young prankster in your life.

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22. Iron Man costume

Sizes available: 4 - 9 years

There's no denying it, Marvel Comics are real page-turners and your little superhero will look undeniably cool as they protect the world while dressed up as Marvel Comics icon Iron Man.