When is World Book Day 2022? Costume ideas for boys and girls based on book characters and activities


From Harry Potter to Gangsta Granny, World Book Day is the perfect time to celebrate books and the joy of reading

World Book Day aims to promote books and the joy of reading among children and young adults (image: Adobe)

Harry Potter, Gangsta Granny and Alice in Wonderland – some of our culture’s most enduring stories have come from books.

And this week, we have the opportunity to celebrate literature with World Book Day 2022.

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The annual celebration aims to develop a taste for books and the pleasure of reading in children and young adults.

And, to get into the spirit of the event, schools often let students dress up as their favorite characters.

World Book Day 2022 will be the 25th edition of the event in the UK (Image: Adobe)

So when is World Book Day 2022 – and what costumes could you dress your child in?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is World Book Day?

Created by the United Nations (UN) cultural agency Unesco in 1995, World Book Day was first held in the UK in 1997 – making that year the 25th UK edition of the event.

Every World Book Day, 15 million book tokens are given to UK children under 18 through their school or nursery.

These can be redeemed at most bookstores for one of around twelve special edition titles that are being launched exclusively for World Book Day (see list below).

Or they can be used to get £1 off a non-World Book Day book or audiobook.

World Book Day activities often involve dressing up as characters, such as Harry Potter (Image: Getty Images)

It’s part of an attempt to get everyone to read, regardless of their background or their family’s financial situation.

World Book Day aims to encourage children and their parents to spend 10 minutes a day either reading or sharing stories with each other.

The organization says it can contribute to a child’s future success because studies have shown Reading not only improves a child’s vocabulary and test scores in English, but can also be good for their mental health.

Matt Lucas is one of the authors releasing a special edition book for World Book Day 2022 which can be redeemed for a National Book Token (Image: Getty Images)

As well as giving the gift of reading, World Book Day also hosts family and educational events that you can connect with.

When is World Book Day 2022?

World Book Day 2022 takes place on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

However, World Book Day book tokens are already valid and can be used at participating retailers until Sunday, March 27.

What books are being launched for World Book Day 2022?

Each year sees several unique books published by well-known authors.

These can be redeemed for a book token or, if your child wants more than one, are all priced at £1.

Books, like Harry Potter, not only help improve a child’s vocabulary, but can also contribute to their mental well-being (Image: Getty Images)

Here is a full list of special edition books that are launching for World Book Day 2022:

  • ‘Rocket Rules: Ten Small Ways to Think Big!’ – Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
  • “Dinosaur Roar and Friends!” -Peter Curtis and Jeanne Willis
  • “Hey Duggee: The World Book Day Badge” – Studio AKA
  • ‘Grimwood: Five Weirdly Funny Fables’ – Nadia Shireen
  • ‘Jemima the Pig and the 127 Acorns’ – Michael Morpurgo and Guy Parker-Rees
  • ‘My very very very very very very very silly true or false book’ – Matt Lucas and Sarah Horne
  • “The world’s worst class in danger!” – Joanna Nadin and Rikin Parekh
  • ‘PEAK PERIL: A High Rise Mystery’ – Sharna Jackson
  • ‘The Wizard and I: More Misadventures of Bubbles the Guinea Pig’ – Simon Farnaby and Claire Powell
  • “Think like a boss: Discover the skills that turn great ideas into CASH” – Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Adam Hayes
  • “The Last Word” – Ben Bailey Smith
  • ‘Boy, Gone’ – Sophie McKenzie
  • ‘Deadly! Irish History: Have fun with the Celts and Vikings!’ -John Farrelly
  • ‘Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí’ – Bridget Bhreathnach and Shona Shirley Macdonald

World Book Day Costumes

Many British schools celebrate World Book Day by allowing pupils to wear book-themed costumes.

But if you want to create your own, here are some simple costume ideas you can put together on a budget:

  • gangster granny – David Walliams became a bestseller thanks to this funny character. All you need is a blouse, cardigan and gray wig (or gray hair dye) to turn your child into an improvised Gangsta Nan
  • Harry Potter or Hermione Granger – Practically JK Rowling’s future wizards all wear standard school uniforms. So you just need a tie and a stick for a wand (and glasses and a lightning bolt scar if you go for Harry Potter)
  • Long John Silver – Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” character gives you an excuse to dress your child up as a pirate. All you need is a white shirt, black pants, and a painted beard to get the look. You can make an eye patch out of cardboard and string. And if buying a hat seems a bit too much, find some gear you can turn into a bandana.
  • Peter Pan or Wendy – Peter Pan needs an oversized green polo shirt and a pair of tights (preferably green). You can fashion a conical hat out of cardboard and color it or paint it green. For Wendy, all you have to do is put your child in her Sunday outfit and give her a ribbon hair tie

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