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What to Wear: Storybook Character Costumes for Read Across America Day

Though we often associate Dr. Seuss’ books and characters with Read Across America Day, his characters are not the only ones to spark imagination and creativity. There are plenty other classic storybook characters to commemorate on Read Across America Day. Inspired by some of our favorite children’s tales, we’ve created a list of storybook character costumes to wear during the nationwide celebration of reading.

Harry Potter

One of the best children’s book series in modern history, Harry Potter is a great costume theme to go with for Read Across America Day. No need to consult with the Sorting Hat, your kid can grab the robe from their favorite Hogwarts House.

Harry Potter Robe Child Costume
Harry Potter Robe Child Costume

Where’s Waldo

Although he hails from a picture book, Waldo is a memorable character who made every book fair exciting. His memorable look will make you stand out of a crowd this holiday.

Where's Waldo Waldo Child Costume
Where’s Waldo Child Costume

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

One of the most fun and imaginative stories ever told, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a favorite amongst the old and young. You can dress as the colorful character, Willy Wonka, or as one of the Oompa Loompas who work in his factory.

Candy Creator Boy Child Costume
Candy Creator Child Costume

The Wizard of Oz

Another literary classic, The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular stories of all time. With so many interesting characters, this book is great for inspiring your Read Across America Day outfit.

The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Child Costume
Dorothy Child Costume

Pippi Longstocking

Based off the popular series of the rough-and-tumble girl with super-strength, Pippi Longstocking is a great character to dress as! Her imagination is as big as her desire for adventure.

Pippi Wig
Pippi Wig

There are so many other great characters to dress up as; definitely more than enough to make Read Across America Day interesting. If you can’t find your favorite storybook character costume here, be sure to check out our Read Across America costumes on our website. Do you have a favorite children’s book character? If so, share your thoughts in the comments section.

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