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Posted by Lisa, February 23, 2023

Dress Up Ideas for World Book Day!

It’s World Book Day soon, and we’re very excited to see all of your wonderful costumes again this year! Dressing up is a great and enjoyable way to encourage engagement with books, and to help kids discover even more titles they might like, too.

Stuck for ideas? Here are some characters from Nosy Crow books that your kids might like to dress up as this year! Be sure to tag us in any costumes – we’d love to see!

Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire!

Baker by day, spy by night, dressing up as Alice Éclair is a great choice this World Book Day! A simple outfit like the above, a magnifying glass – and optional whisk and cat – and you’re ready to be everyone’s favourite spy. And if you’re really striving for authenticity, you might even place a sneaky croissant into your junior spy’s satchel for breaktime …

Read an extract from Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Recipe for Trouble:

Find out more about the Alice Éclair series here.


Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Shifty and Sam are a perennial favourite and it’s not hard to see why! A simple robber’s costume and swag bag can transform your little ones into either one of this doggy duo. No stripy black and white t-shirts at home? Emulate Shifty and Sam’s transformation into bakers with a chef’s outfit and some doggy ears! Or, if this canine couple isn’t quite their thing, channel one of the villains from the books, like the infamous cat burglar Kitty-le-Claw or swashbuckling Captain Sharpwhiskers!

Read an extract from Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam:

Find out more about the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series here.

Princess Minna

Grab a crown, some round glasses and your best polka dot dress to cast a magical spell as Princess Minna this World Book Day! This lovable heroine can tame unicorns, kiss frogs and fight dragons (apart from her best friend Lorenzo), and she is very good at fixing things before it’s time for bed.

Read an extract from Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest:

Find out more about the Princess Minna series here.

Octopus Shocktopus!

In years past we’ve seen lots of inventive Octopus Shocktopus costumes, and we’re always very impressed by them! It requires a slightly more crafty approach than some of our other suggestions, but we think it’s definitely worth the effort. Cut an octopus out of some cardboard and paint him orange to be placed on top of your little one’s head – just like the octopus in this brilliantly bonkers story!

Read an extract from Octopus Shocktopus!:

Find out more about Octopus Shocktopus here.


And if none of these costumes feel quite right, and you or your little ones can’t find inspiration among your bookshelves at home, check out our books page for even more ideas.

We can’t wait to see all of your amazing costumes on March 2nd! Don’t forget to tag us, and we’ll share as many as we can in our World Book Day round-up blog, as in years past.


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