The Cat in the Hat
Arguably Dr Seuss’ most famous character, The Cat in the Hat is a purrfect option for book fans. Find a red-and-white striped hat and red bow tie and get handy with the face paint. Talking in rhyme all day: optional.
Hermione Granger and Crookshanks
Add an extra dose of magic to World Book Day and dress up as sassy witch Hermione Granger. While Crookshanks is technically half cat and half-kneazle, he’s still one of our favourite fictional cats. Rope in a friend for an enviable fancy dress duo.
The Cheshire Cat
Known for its distinctive mischievous grin, Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat is a book-lovers favourite. Time to don all the stripes you own and a smile set to make your jaw ache all day. We’re all mad here.
Puss in Boots
A fairy-tale favourite as well as the star of the popular Shrek films, Puss in Boots is an ideal choice for those seeking a cat costume with attitude. Plus, it is the perfect excuse to wear a hat with a feather in it.
With his lazy attitude, obsessive eating, coffee drinking and aversion to Monday mornings, Garfield is a cat we can all relate to. Fans of the popular comic strip should dress up as Garfield for World Book Day – you could even take on his mannerisms for the day.
Jess, Postman Pat’s cat
With an adventurous nature and a heroic streak, black-and-white cat Jess has helped Postman Pat with his post round since she was a kitten. Get a friend or family member to dress up as Pat and you can be his ultimate delivery buddy.
Mildred Hubble and Tabby, The Worst Witch
Another great fictional witch is Mildred Hubble, accompanied by her faithful cat, Tabby. Tabby is the only non-black cat at Cackle’s Academy and is hopeless at flying, struggling to stay on Mildred’s broomstick. She also makes for a great costume for World Book Day!
Looking for other creative cat costume ideas?
How about some of the following fictional felines?
• Tom Kitten from the Beatrix Potter series
• The Owl and the Pussycat (especially if you’ve got an owl-loving classmate!)
• Mog by Judith Kerr
• Dick Whittington and his cat
• Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat by Urusula Moray Williams
• Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson
• Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd
If you’re feeling inspired by our cat-themed literary characters, don’t forget to share pictures of your #WorldBookDay costumes on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CatsProtection