20 World Book Day Costumes for Teachers

Inspire your pupils for World Book Day 2020 and step into the shoes of some of their favourite storybook characters. The date you don’t want to forget is the 5th March, so don’t miss out on the chance to get dressed up all in the name of reading. We’ve made it super easy by compiling a list of easy book character costumes for adults and even thrown a few group ideas in too if a few of the staff want to make the day even more special, fun and exciting. And if you’re a primary school parent, there’s no rule to say that you can’t get involved too!

1. Mary Poppins

Woman wearing a blue Mary Poppins costume with skirt, blazer, mock shirt, flower hat and parrot umbrella.

This World Book Day it’s easy to look practically perfect in every way with this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins inspired costume. Not only is this a classic book week costume, but it also saves you a few pennies by being one of the cheaper world book day options out there. Nonetheless, quality doesn’t suffer as this costume includes everything – right down the parrot umbrella cover! Looking to buddy up? Why not try pairing up this costume with Bert the chimney sweep and maybe a few dancing penguins if you want to put on a show?

2. Willy Wonka

Man wearing Adult Willy Wonka Movie Costume in purple and brown with floral waistcoat, bow tie and brown top hat for World Book Day.

It’s the amazing chocolatier from the mind of Roald Dahl. This Willy Wonka costume is inspired by the movie starring Gene Wilder, and complete with Willy’s brown top hat and odd fashion sense, you’ll just need to work on the crazy attitude and your look will be spot on! Why not get your teaching assistant to dress up as an Oompa Loompa? The kids will love it!

3. Miss Trunchbull

Woman wearing beige Miss Trunchbull Costume with jacket and mock green shirt front, sports socks and eyebrow.

Are you the nicest teacher in school? Perhaps you’re a bit of a Miss Honey? Why not spend the day acting as the evilest teacher in literature, Miss Trunchbull! Quoted from Matilda, “She was a gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster”. Complete with her messy bun and strong shotput skills, this grouchy woman had a stern look and is the perfect part to play for the day. Be sure to warn everyone off with the threat of The Chokey!

4. Alice & The Mad Hatter

Adult couple wearing Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter costumes for World book day.

A tale of many generations, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland has spin-offs, movies and books everywhere, but this classic by Lewis Carroll is a fun role to play if you’re feeling a little mad. These two book characters make the perfect duo world book day costumes for teachers. Simple, yet effective!

5. Little Red Riding Hood

Woman wearing a red and white below the knee Red Riding Hood costume for World Book Day.

Bring this fairytale to life by stepping into our adult red riding hood costume perfect for World Book Day. It can be rather difficult to find a school-appropriate costume from the world of fancy dress, so this one is new in specifically for the event. Rock up to school with your T.A dressed as the Big Bad Wolf and have all the pupils giggling!

6. Queen of Hearts

Woman dressed as the Queen of hearts in red and black dress with high collar.

“Off with their heads!” This character deserves her own pride of place in this list as she’s just so iconic! From Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts costume is perfect getting the children to behave for the day. This is one world book day idea that can be used year after year, just add on a spot of face paint and you’re World Book Day ready!

7. Snow White

Woman wearing yellow, blue and red Snow White costume with white high neck collar and full length skirt.

With skin as white as snow, this pale beauty is one of the first princesses you encounter when growing up. A timeless classic, this official Snow White costume by Disney is a bargain for a princess gown! It’s an easy book character costume for adults and parents to throw on without a worry.

8. Where’s Wally

Woman and man wearing red and white striped Where's Wally costumes with blue bottoms, bobble hats and black round glasses.

Where’s Wally is a super unique costume idea that you may already have lying around the house! With options for both men and women, spotting the teacher in the crowds of the playground is a fun game in itself! It’s really is the perfect World Book Day costume for teachers.

9. The Child Catcher

Man wearing a black Child Catcher costume from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with coat, trouser and top hat with attached ringlet hair.

If you’ve ever ready the story or seen the movie of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, then you’ll know that one of the scariest characters from your childhood is The Child Catcher! This evil fiend lures children in with sweets, so be prepared to stock up for props! Complete with his iconic hat with black scraggly hair, tailcoat and trousers, you’ll look like the evilest teacher this World Book Day.

10. Harry Potter

It’s simple, effective and one of the easiest world book day costumes for teachers, it’s Harry Potter! If you’re a little late on receiving your letter from Hogwarts, never fear because we have the uniform here! Grab a wizard’s robe for Gryffindor or Slytherin today and maybe you could even dress as Voldemort too!

11. Fantastic Mr Fox

Man wearing Roald Dahl's purple, yellow and orange fur Fantastic Mr Fox costume with matching face mask and attached tail.

Dress up as the crafty yet fantastic Mr Fox with this officially licensed costume by Roald Dahl. Share the story of the clever fox this World Book Day by sporting this smart and furry costume. Ideal for teachers and parents alike, this is an easy book character to wear this year!

12. The BFG

Man wearing an adult BFG costume with ears headband and horn.

In a classroom full of children, anyone above 5ft will seem like a giant! Why not dress up as The BFG this year? From Roald Dahl, this official costume makes for the ultimate World Book Day costume for teachers. It comes complete with the giant’s signature large ears and horn in which he uses to blow good dreams to children.

13. Cruella De Vil

Woman wearing a black Cruella De Vil dress with Dalmatian spot print cape, red gloves and matching sash.

“If she doesn’t scare you no evil thing will!”
Share a couples costume with your assistant this World Book Day, because teachers costumes don’t get more fun than this! Step into the shoes of fur-loving puppy killer Cruella and one of her stolen Dalmatians! It’s sure to get a laugh from your pupils and can easily be made into a group costume.

14. Batman

Man wearing all black Batman costume from the Dark Knight Rises with gold belt, cape and headpiece.

You may already have a superhero costume hiding in the back of your wardrobe, but it can’t be dismissed as a last-minute World Book Day Costume! Comic books still count, and whether you’re a DC or Marvel fan, you’ll be sure to save the day in a costume crisis. Batman is one hero that is perfect for school, he’s instantly recognisable by even children who aren’t comic book nerds.

15. Fairy Godmother

Woman wearing Fairy Godmother costume with pink dress and blue shawl with pink bow.

With your wand in hand, you can transform an ordinary school day to a magical day full of fun and learning with this Fairy Godmother costume. Perfect for Cinderella fancy dress, you’ll be Bippity-Boppity-Boo-ing your way around the classroom.

16. Crayons

Two men and a woman wearing crayon costumes in pink, green and blue.

If your class loves the books “The day the crayons quit” and “The crayon box that talked” then they’ll be thrilled to see you dressed up as a colourful crayon! We have crayon costumes for both men and women, and all of the colours of the rainbow so that all teachers can dress up this World Book Day!

17. Funny Bones

Man wearing a black and white skeleton print onesie costume with hood.

A unique idea that gets some extra use out of your Halloween costume, a simplistic skeleton costume goes perfectly for the Funny Bones books. If you’re not familiar with it just by a photo, read the tales to the children, they’re instantly recognisable!

18. Pinocchio

Man wearing a red and yellow Pinocchio costume with white collar, blue bow and a yellow hat.

Become a real boy with our Pinocchio costume, exclusive to fancydress.com. This easy and unique costume makes for the perfect World Book Day costume for teachers. Its easy, effective and you can even add a marionette if you have time!

19. The Three Little Pigs

Three adults wearing pink pig onesies for three little pigs costume.

This is a super easy world book day costume idea for teachers, simple pop on this pink fuzzy jumpsuit and you are done! Perfect for nursery school and younger years teachers, this fairytale is a classic.

20. The Wizard of Oz

A group of adults wearing Wizard of Oz costumes including the Wicked Witch of the West, the Scarecrow, the Tin-Man and Dorothy.

Transform your classroom into Kansas for the day. There’s a selection of characters to choose from for World Book Day from the story of The Wizard Of Oz. Do it yourself and dress in green from head to toe like the great and powerful Oz himself or become a baddy like The Wicked Witch of the West or one of her evil flying monkeys. Transform into Dorothy with her ruby red sequin slippers, The Tin-man, The Scarecrow or the Cowardly Lion. There’s a bunch to choose from and it will look even better as a group costume!

If you’re still stuck for ideas, why not check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration including ways to decorate your classroom, fun activities and more! If you’re a parent wanting inspiration, please take a peek at our top World Book Day costumes for children too by clicking here.

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