Life imitating art: The cutest children’s World Book Day costumes

Cuteness overload.


Catherine Scott


Published Mar 3, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 3:30 am CDT

World Book Day may leave parents a tad frazzled as they rush to put together a literary-themed costume for their offspring to wear to school. However, as concerns about children rejecting books in favor of smartphones, tablets, and laptops mount, it’s heartening to see that so many kids are still immersing themselves in the magical worlds created by authors.

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Today marks the 19th annual occasion, one that’s celebrated in more than 100 counties—the event itself exists to celebrate reading and literature. And whether you’re a parent who’s exhausted and covered in glitter, or just a book-loving adult, we challenge you to not to smile at the sight of some of today’s offerings on social media.

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 Come on, admit you melted: Little Red Riding Hood and Dorothy.

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You know you love seeing a Bible character out-sass the Cat in the Hat.

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This Mad Hatter is a steampunk craft triumph. (And this one just makes us want her giant cup. And her hat!)

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Little Bo Peep, you killed us with cuteness.

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Photo via Andrew Moore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2016, 5:39 pm CST