World Book Day Costume Ideas for Teachers

May 27, 2020

World Book Day Costume Ideas for Teachers

World Book Day will be celebrated on 1st of March this year.We take this day very seriously and think that dressing up on World Book Day isn’t just for children! Anyone can get involved in the worldwide celebration of books and reading by dressing up. Dressing up for teachers is a great way to awaken young imaginations and get students engaged in World Book Day activities.

We understand that teachers have to come up with creative and fun ways to engage their students in the celebration of books and reading, so they might not have loads of time to look for costumes. That’s why we’ve created a list with some greatWorld Book Day fancy dressoptions for teachers. We’ve looked at costumes inspired by classic as well as more modern books, so everyone will find something they like here.

Where’s Wally

We love this quick and easy but effective costume idea for World Book Day. You’ll definitely stand out from the crowd wearing one of our officially licensedWhere’s Wally costumes.

Where’s Wally has been entertaining children for over 30 years in his classic red and white stripes. He’s been pretty much everywhere, travelling through time and space! You can either dress up as Wally, his friend Wenda or his nemesis Odlaw in our official costumes. For families looking for a group costume, we also have children’s costumes for Wally and Wenda.

wheres wally

Dr Seuss

We also have a range of costumes inspired by one of all-time favourite children’s authors Dr Seuss, including officially licensed Cat in the Hat costumes. Our Cat in the Hat women’s costume includes a black dress, hat and gloves. Don’t forget to add some tights and whiskers to complete the look.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy costume, we have an instant Cat in the Hat kit that includes a collar, gloves and a hat. Don’t forget to check our face paint range and draw some whiskers on your face to complete that cat look.

Dr seuss fancy dress

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl inspired costumes are some of the most popular choices for kids as well as for adults dressing up to celebrate World Book Day. We have some officially licensedRoald Dahl costumesfor adults that would be perfect for teachers. You can dress up as the world’s most famous chocolatier –Willy Wonkaor the Fantastic Mr Fox.

Roald Dahl costumes


You will find a big range ofanimal costumesat Smiffys, from dogs and cats to exotic safari animals like zebras. We have onesies, instant kits and accessories to help you achieve any animal look you want.

We also have the official license of Shaun the Sheep costumes for men and women. A women’s version of this costume includes a dress and a headband. Men’s costume includes a jumpsuit and a headpiece. These costumes are great for teachers working with preschool or primary students.

animal fancy dress costumes

Fairy Tale

Relive your favourite childhood fairy tales and dress up with one of our costumes inspired by some of the most popular fairy tales. You’ll definitely fill your students’ day with magic wearing the Deck of Cards,Princess Snow,Mad Hatterand otherfairy tale costumes.

We’ll make sure you look like you’ve just stepped straight from the pages of a storybook. Don’t forget to complete your fairy tale outfits with wigs, hold-ups and other accessories!

Fairy tale fancy dress costumes


You’ll look instantly recognisable wearing one of our officially licensedShrek costumes. You can become the world’s friendliest and most loveable ogre with ourShrek costumewhich includes a top, trousers, hands and a latex mask. This costume covers you from head to toe, so it’s perfect for convincing your students you’re the real Shrek!

You can also dress up as Shrek’s true lovePrincess Fionawith a women’s costume that includes a long dress, wig and headband.

Just add some green face and body paint to get that green complexion. We also have a Shrek latex mask if you’re looking for a quick makeover.

Shrek fancy dress costumes


Have an adventurous World Book Day in one of ourpirate costumes. We have a huge collection of pirate costumes for men and women. If your pirate outfit is missing something, check out our range of pirate accessories to complete any look. You’ll find everything at Smiffys, from eyepatches and hats to swords and even fake parrots. We can help you look like a real pirate!

pirate fancy dress costumes


Our historical costumes will transport you back in time to different centuries. You can become a Roman gladiator or a Greek goddess with one of ourGreek costumes. You can also travel back tomiddle agesby dressing up as maids and knights or even queens and kings.

historic fancy dress costumes

We hope that this post inspired you to dress up for World Book Day and gave you some great costume inspiration. Also, check out our World Book Day recommendations for kidshere. Whatever you decide to dress up as this year, have a wonderful World Book Day! Don’t forget to show us your outfits onInstagramorFacebook.

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