Now in its 19th year, World Book Day is an event that is celebrated in over 100 countries around the world, encouraging young people to discover the wonderful world of reading and books.

When is World Book Day 2016?

In 2016, World Book Day falls on Thursday, 3rd March, with a whole host of local and national events designed to get children reading. The biggest of these is the 14million free book vouchers that are issued to schools, which are aimed at getting children into bookshops. These can be exchanged for one of ten free books, or £1 off any other book costing over £2.99.

Costumes for World Book Day

For many kids, the real highlight of the day is getting to dress up for school as their favourite World Book Day character. Many schools celebrate the event by asking children and teachers to wear book character costumes on the day, producing some amazing, imaginative outfits from their pupils and staff.

For many parents, World Book Day character costumes are a complete nightmare, as they and their children feel under pressure to out do everyone else in the class. But don’t worry, because eBay is here to help with a huge choice of World Book Day fancy dress costumes for all ages and all interests.

From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, we have World Book Day costumes for boys and World Book Day costumes for girls, with something for every interest and budget. Our easy World Book Day costume ideas will help your child to really stand out from all those recycled Disney character costumes, putting an original and unusual spin on the celebrations.

We’ve even got a selection of World Book Day costumes for teachers, helping everyone to join in the fun, with characters from Dickens to Roald Dahl.