Our Favourite World Book Day Costumes

On World Book Day, we at FFHQ teamed up with Children's Books Ireland and set out to find the best book-related costumes across the country.

While there can of course only be one winner, some costumes really stuck out to us. From young Where's Wally's and to (very small) Big Friendly Giants, we were completely spoiled for choice on this year's World Book Day.

Here are some of our favourites:

The Stick Man

This guy was definitely not a stick in the mud on World Book Day, with this fabulous homemade costume based on the book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Angelina Harkin

The BFG and a Paper Doll

These two made quite the pair (of ears!) during World Book Day yesterday. The fabulous homemade costumes based on BFG by Roald Dahl and Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson were sent in by Vanessa Dardis.

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Vanessa Dardis

The Mad Hatter

The year's entries were definitely not afraid of revisiting the classics - one such example is Aimee Sanders who dressed as the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandand its 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass. Brilliant!

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Louise Sanders


There was certainly no shortage of magic on World Book Day thanks to Matilda. And no detail was left overlooked - she even had her very own newt with her! If we were Ms Trunchball, we'd definitely watch our backs...

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Alison Russell

Pippi Longstocking

Amongst the classic characters, Pippi Longstocking also made an appearance, complete with stripey odd socks and zero-gravity hair. We are impressed!

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Sandra Halloran

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Twins Sennan and Tiernan did not hold back in these brilliant Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes based on characters from The Cat in the Hat by Doctor Suess.

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Melanie Dunne

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We are just in love with Aubree's Goldilocks costume, complete with three little bears in the front pocket of her dress. Like butter wouldn't melt!

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Megan Byrne

The Wright Brother(s)

10-year-old Jack took his inspiration from to The Wrights Brothers, who are credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful motor-operated airplane. His brilliant homemade airplane completes the look. Genius!

The Wright Brother(s)
Photo sent in by Cora Hurney

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins looked absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious heading off to school yesterday, complete with her very own magic umbrella.

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Clodagh Conlon

And the winner is...

The President of Ireland himself, of course! Six-year-old Ollie looked absolutely brilliant dressed as Michael D. Higgins, taking inspiration from the book The President's Glasses by Peter Donnelly.

World Book Day
Photo sent in by Louise Bruton

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition, we were blown away by the response. Keep your eyes peeled for more competitions on our social channels - follow us at Family Friendly HQ on Facebook and @familyfriendlyhq on Instagram.


Sophie Gavin

Sophie is the Junior Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ.

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