World Book Day, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO, is an international celebration of books, authors, and reading. During the annual event school children and adults participate by dressing up incostumes that represent their favorite book characters. If you or your children plan to participate in this year's world book day, find a costume that is sure to impress. While you can create your own outfit, purchasing a pre-made costume makes the process quick and easy, and it accurately conveys to others exactly who your literary character is. Find the perfect World Book Day costume to help others engage in the process of reading.
1. "Harry Potter"
Several years after J.K. Rowling completed the final book in the "Harry Potter" series, the stories remained tremendously popular among kids and adults alike. Choose a full " Harry Potter" costume, complete with round glasses, a robe, and a tie. Or become another of your favorite characters from Hogwarts with a cloak, scarf, wand, and robe.
2. "Where's Wally"
All around the world, children and adults spend hours gazing at the brightly colored pages of "Where's Wally" books trying to locate Wally's identifiable red-striped beanie and shirt. Whether you choose a complete costume or make your own from a red- and white-striped shirt, a "Where's Wally" costume makes you stand out in a crowd.
3. "Alice in Wonderland"
The light blue dress, white apron, and puffed sleeves of the main character from " Alice in Wonderland" are instantly recognizable. Bring Lewis Carroll's classic character to life by wearing an Alice costume this World Book Day.
4. "Peter Pan"
J. M. Barrie's classic tale about the boy who refused to grow up resonates with children just as much in the present as it did when Barrie wrote about Peter in 1904. Dress as the leader of the Lost Boys with a fun "Peter Pan" costume.
5. "The Cat in the Hat"
"The Cat in the Hat" remains one of Dr. Seuss' best known and most mischievous characters. The character is especially popular among young readers who enjoy the rhyming cadences, a simple story, and whimsical illustrations. Grab a tall red- and white-striped hat and some white gloves to make a great and recognizable "The Cat in the Hat" costume.
6. Tigger from "Winnie the Pooh"
A. A. Milne's gentle storytelling in the "Winnie-the-Pooh" books makes the books' characters a popular costume. Tigger, the bouncy and energetic tiger, stands out as a favorite for many children and adults alike. Have some bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun by making Tigger your next World Book Day costume.
7. The Hobbit
Whether dressing up as Bilbo Baggins or another of his brethren, get in the spirit of the classic Tolkien tales. Spend World Book Day as a hobbit in a nod to the wonderful and wildly popular fantasy novels.
8. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
In Eric Carle's award-winning picture book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" eats its way through the pages, all the way to the end of the book. Dress your little one in an adorable"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" costume to celebrate Carle's contributions to literature for young children.
9. "Curious George"
In the "Curious George" books, the Man in the Yellow Hat takes the young monkey on adventures while keeping him from getting into too much trouble. Children loved Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat after Houghton Mifflin published the first book in 1941, so consider one of these original costumes.
10. Oompa Loompas from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Roald Dahl published "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 1964. Since then, the book has been made into movies and read to millions of children around the world. As a result, the Oompa Loompas, Willie Wonka's diminutive candy-making helpers, became instantly recognizable figures. Dress your little one up in an Oompa Loompa costume to celebrate this much-loved children's literature classic.
How to Buy World Book Day Costumes on eBay
Whether you are buying a pre-made costume or designing your own for World Book Day, trusted sellers on eBay offer an array of products to suit your needs. To find the right costume for you or your child, enter the appropriate keywords in the search box, which is available on every eBay page. Then enter additional terms to further refine your result. Cultivate a love of books, literature, and reading by celebrating World Book Day this year. Wear a fanciful costume that represents one of your favorite characters from children's literature to get in the spirit of the occasion.