World Book Day DIY costumes

World book day is celebrating its 20th year and to celebrate, the likes of Jaqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Julia Donaldson are writing new stories.

The annual celebration of reading was launched in the UK in 1997 in response to declining reading and writing standards among children. The event was launched by Unesco and is based on a similar event which has been running in Catalonia for more than 90 years.

Every year a selection of books are made available for £1, with over 13million being sold since 1997. Last year saw 789,738 delivered where for World Book Day last year, and Unesco is aiming to reach the one million mark this year.

The event has become a big celebration in schools and nurseries nationwide, with kids dressing up as a character from their favourite book. To help you get started, we’ve picked five DIY costumes to make for your kids:

Harry Potter

You may be a muggle, but there’s no harm in dressing up as a wizard for World Book Day. Dressing as Potter is easy. All you’ll need for an instantly recognisable costume is black eye liner to draw on the famous scar, a pair of glasses, a black school uniform and a wand. Click here for more.

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Paddington Bear

The popularity of the 1950’s character never seems to dwindle, and you simply can’t go wrong with this costume for younger children on World Book Day. To capture the spirit of Paddington, you’ll need a blue duffle coat, a red hat and a pair of wellies – three things that will be more than useful afterwards. Click here for more.

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Where’s Wally

Red and white stripy top, glasses and a bobble hat – you can’t get much easier than that! This classic costume is quick to make and popular with people of all ages (even adults), so you can be sure your child will look great on World Book Day. Click here for more.

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Dairy of a Wimpy Kid

Following its release in 2004 Diary of a Wimpy Kid went on to become a New York Times Bestseller, and has gone on to become a big screen success, with a string of sequels being released. The costume itself is another three piece wonder. All you’ll need is a pair of black shorts, a white t-shirt and a black backpack. Click here for more.

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Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson’s creation has been an ever popular children’s book since its release in 2001, so popular that it was made into a 3D film in 2012. After appearing on screen Witch became a popular fancy dress costume for kids, most likely due to the fact it is simple to create, with just a witch’s hat, a red top and a purple skirt needed. Click here for more.World Book Day

Whatever costume you choose, we’re sure your child will look great at school or nursey on World Book Day!