World Book Day

World Book Day is an annual event that sees schools encouraging children to celebrate their favourite books by dressing up as their favourite characters. With the fun and creativity inside the average children’s book; it’s no surprise that many children get excited and look forward to the day! If you’re looking for a World Book Day costume for your little one – then you’ve come to the right place here at Smiffy’s Fancy Dress.

The day celebrates books, those who create them and especially those who enjoy reading them. The aim is to simply encourage children to read and learn about the joy and pleasures that can be experienced from reading, as well as helping their literacy skills to improve at the same time. Each participating school will receive a number of materials from the organisation, which include book tokens and a range of resource packs that contain display materials, activity items and more information on the day itself. Children are given the book tokens, which they can then take to a local bookseller and exchange it for one for 10 specially-selected books. Alternatively, they can exchange the token to get £1 off any other book of their choice.

Of course, it’s not only children’s fancy dress we have on sale for World Book Day – we also have a wide selection for the adults to join in too! Whether you’re a teacher or a parent who wants to join in the fun, why not have a look at our selection of adult-sized fancy dress items?

Smiffy’s Fancy Dress Range of World Book Day Costumes

We are proud to have a wide range of costumes that are themed around characters from books, film and television shows. Here is just a small selection of the types of World Book Day fancy dress items that we have on sale:


  • Alice In Wonderland. Written by Lewis Carroll way back in 1871, this classic adventure that sees a girl named Alice travel to a strange land has proven to be a timeless classic – the recent Alice Through The Looking Glass film proving popular amongst children, many of whom were discovering the story for the very first time; hopefully leading them to the book! If your little one enjoys the adventures of Alice, we have a wide selection of fancy dress items from the story – from the heroine herself, to the lady of hearts, the Hatter and of course, the White Rabbit.

  • Harry Potter. The popularity of the recent Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film has seemingly charmed a whole new generation of children into reading about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends! Your child can attend school on World Book Day as a Hogwarts student, such as a Harry, a Ron or a Hermione. Maybe you’re a teacher who’d like to go as a Dumbledore or you fancy being a witch? You can even create an original Hogwarts character, with our wide range of accessories – we even have an official sorting hat! Check out our Harry Potter range to see more.

  • Fairytales. Retold over hundreds upon hundreds of years through word-of-mouth, then books and now television and film – fairytales are stories that will never go out of fashion! If your little girl loves Disney, then we have a great selection of Princess costumes for World Book Day, including Sleeping Princess, Snow White-themed or Mermaid fancy dress– or if they're a fan of Frozen, we have some beautiful Elsa and Anna costumes for World Book Day too! It isn’t just girls who star in fairytales of course, so if you’ve got a little Prince Charming – we have a costume for them! More of our boy’s range of fairytale fancy dress includes Robin Hood, Peter Pan – even The Gingerbread Man!

  • Horrible Histories. Learning whilst having fun is a great way to educate children – for a good few years now, the Horrible Histories series’ of books and television programmes have been providing just that; history can be fun – just like World Book Day fancy dress! We have a wide selection of Horrible Histories costumes; from a vicious Viking to Blackbeard the Pirate, from Warrior Queen Boudica to the Tudor Queen herself, Elizabeth I – if your child loves the books or TV series, they’ll doubtless love our range of Horrible Histories costumes for World Book Day!

  • Dr Seuss. Whether your child is a fan of The Cat In The Hat or The Grinch, then our range of characters from the stories by Dr Seuss would be perfect! Especially if you’re a teacher; a Grinch costume would make an IDEAL fancy dress for World Book Day!

Please feel free to browse around our special World Book Day section for more great ideas on fancy dress for World Book Day. For adults, why not browse around other sections of the website to see other fancy dress items and accessories that would contribute to a great World Book Day costume?

Delivery Information

We are able to offer a wide range of delivery options, from 2nd class to next day and even international delivery. We aim to dispatch all orders within 2 workings days of it being placed; please note that next day delivery items need to ordered by 1 pm to guarantee same day dispatch. To guarantee security and peace of mind for our customers, all items that we dispatch will require a signature on their delivery, so please ensure that you are able to arrange this. For a full breakdown of our delivery services, please see our dedicated delivery information page.

Fantastic World Book Day Fancy Dress From Smiffy’s Fancy Dress.

If you would like further information on our World Book Day costumes, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0151 709 9449 or send us an e-mail at sales@smiffysfancydressshop.co.uk.

Feel free to pop into one of our Liverpool store, we’re located at:

  • Liverpool56 Bold Street, L1 4EA, We are open from Mon-Sat 9:30-17:30, as well as on Sunday’s, 11:00-4:30.
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