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28 Homemade World Book Day Costumes For Children & Teachers in 2023

From Roald Dahl to Mr Men, i've compiled a list of 28 of my homemade costumes to inspire you for this years World Book Day.

On March 2nd, 2023 we celebrate World Book Day in schools across the country.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO in April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of reading and books. It is celebrated in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.


When my eldest son was small I discovered just how massive the impact on shop bought costumes have on the environment, and now I try my best to make them out of things I can recycle or turn into other costumes. According to a study by environmental group Hubbub :

83% of shop bought costumes are made using non-recyclable oil-based plastics; meaning they are set for landfill.

That means that for just one day of use, close to 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated – which equates to 83 million plastic bottles being thrown away. Terrifying!

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To give you some inspiration for home made costumes I have put together a list of 28 of the costumes that I've made over the years and the books that inspired them. Some of them have tutorials or links to other posts where I shared tips on how I've made them so i'll add in the clickable links in the titles for you. As always you can message me on Instagram with any questions you have as I'm more than happy to talk you through how I made them.

1. Mr. Happy by Roger Hargreaves

Mother Of Grom - Mr Happy Costume - World Book Day
My Happy Costume - Mother Of Grom

2. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Esio Trot Tortoise Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Esio Trot Costume  - Mother Of Grom

3. Zog by Julia Donaldson

Zog The Dragon Costume - World Book Day - Mother of Grom
Zog The Dragon Costume - Mother of Grom

4. Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz

Snoopy Costume - World Book Day - Mother Of Grom
Snoopy Costume  - Mother Of Grom

5. Mr Tickle by Roger Hargreaves

Mr Tickle Costume - World book Day -Mother Of Grom
Mr Tickle Costume - Mother Of Grom

6. Toothless by Dreamworks

Toothless Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Toothless Costume - Mother Of Grom

7. The Great Pinata Mystery by Cian Mustagh

Pinata Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Pinata Costume - Mother Of Grom

8. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The Enormous Crocodile Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
The Enormous Crocodile Costume - Mother Of Grom

9. Dragon Red by Shoo Rayner

Red Dragon Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Red Dragon Costume - Mother Of Grom

10. Space Oddity by Christopher Edge

Alien Abduction Costume - Mother Of Grom
Alien Abduction Costume - Mother Of Grom

11. Elmer by David Mckee

Elmer Elephant Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Elmer Elephant Costume - Mother Of Grom

12. The Honey Bee by Kirsten Hall

Honey Bee Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Honey Bee Costume - Mother Of Grom

13. The Scarecrows Wedding by Julia Donaldson

Scarecrow Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Scarecrow Costume - Mother Of Grom

14. Shaun The Sheep by Martin Howard

Shaun The Sheep Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Shaun The Sheep Costume - Mother Of Grom

15. A Walk Through Mushroom Town by Nicole & David Charpentier

Mushroom Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Mushroom Costume - Mother Of Grom

16. I Want My New Shoes by Tony Ross

(Modelled by beautiful Bobbie)

Little Princess Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Little Princess Costume - Mother Of Grom

17. I Am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul

Jellyfish Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Jellyfish Costume - Mother Of Grom

18. If I Ran The Rainforest by Bonnie Worth

Toucan Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Toucan Costume - Mother Of Grom

19. Mr. Strong by Roger Hargreaves

Mr Strong Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Mr Strong Costume - Mother Of Grom

20. The Amazing Flight Of Little Ray by V. R. Duin

Stingray Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Stingray Costume - Mother Of Grom

21. Pacman And The Ghostly Adventures by Bandi Namco

PAC-MAN Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
PAC-MAN Costume - Mother Of Grom

22. Night Knight by Owen Davey

Knight Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Knight Costume - Mother Of Grom

23. I Love You To The Moon And Back by Tim Warnes

Moon And Stars Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Moon And Stars Costume - Mother Of Grom

24. Mike Wozowski Monsters Inc by Disney Pixar

Mike Wozowski Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Mike Wozowski Costume - Mother Of Grom

25. The Wonder Of Thunder by Sharon Purtill

Thunder and Lightening Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Thunder and Lightening Costume - Mother Of Grom

26. Rainbow Bird by Caroline Laidlaw

Bird Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book day
Bird Costume -Mother Of Grom

27. Marty Mcfly - Back To The Future by Robert Zemeckis

Marty Mcfly Costume - Mother Of Grom - World Book Day
Marty Mcfly Costume - Mother Of Grom

28. How To Help Cupid by Sue Fliess

Cupid Costume - Mother of Grom - World Book Day
Cupid Costume - Mother of Grom

If you have any questions about the costumes featres in this post you can contact me on Instagram xox

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