This year, World Book Day will take place on Thursday 3rd March, and children all over the world will celebrate by dressing up as a character from their favourite story. The Toniebox is a fantastic way of introducing children to a love of books at an early age, and is especially brilliant for reluctant readers. Here’s our guide to the best audiobook characters as well our recommendations on where to find your perfect costume for World Book Day.

Oi Frog 

Join Frog and his friends this World Book Day as they figure out the rules of sitting through the power of rhyme. Jam-packed with silliness, animals and read by comedian David Mitchell, each story will have children and adults roaring with laughter.

Suitable for 3+

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Find your costume Oi Frog at Amazon

Paddington Bear

The Browns first meet Paddington Bear, a loveable bear from Darkest Peru on a railway platform in London. The family takes him home, but soon after discover that Paddington is a very unusual bear, with a habit of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary…

A Bear Called Paddington is narrated for Tonies by Stephen Fry.

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Paddington Bear costume at TU

Elmer

Elmer is a very different elephant – he’s a patchwork elephant. All the grey elephants love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be the same as them.

An elephant never forgets, and Elmer will delight young listeners with all his favourite tales this World Book Day. This modern classic about a kind and wise elephant makes ideal bedtime listening.

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Elmer Ride-On Costume at Childrensalon

Red Riding Hood

World Book Day wouldn’t be complete without a fairytale or two. This famous story revolves around a girl called Little Red Riding Hood, named after her red hooded cloak.

Find out what happens to Little Red Riding Hood in the forest, and enjoy four other fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. Lovingly retold by David Henry Wilson for Tonies.

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Red Ridinghood Cape at Souza Store

The Highway Rat

Beware of the Highway Rat. He’ll steal your food…and your heart!

Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel – he even steals his own horse’s hay.

Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck?

Suitable for 4+

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Find The Highway Rat Costume at Smiffys

Stick Man

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three…  But the world is a dangerous place for a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire!

Follow Stick Man on his epic adventure – and find out if he ever manages to get back home to the family tree.

Suitable for 4+

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Find your Stick Man costume at Party Delights

Room on The Broom

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who all join her for a ride on the broom. It’s a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn’t used to such a heavy load and it’s not long before… SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch’s animal pals better think fast.

Suitable for 4+

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Find your Room on the Broom costume at Party Delights

Cinderella

The story of kind, sweet-natured Cinderella and the trials and tribulations she faces at the hands of her stepsisters comes to life on the Toniebox along with popular songs your little ones will love.

Cinderella believes that if you have faith in your dreams someday they will come true and her fairy godmother brings it together with some Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Cinderella at Amazon

Peter Rabbit

Enjoy the antics of mischievous Peter Rabbit who loves nothing more than having endless adventures with his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

This wonderful Tonie is the perfect way to introduce children to the delightful world of Beatrix Potter this World Book Day. They’ll also enjoy the Tales of Benjamin Bunny, Mr Tod and The Flopsy Bunnies which also feature on the Peter Rabbit Tonie.

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Peter Rabbit costume at TU

The Gruffalo

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake … and a hungry Gruffalo!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster can now be enjoyed on your Toniebox!

Suitable for 4+

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Find your Gruffalo costume at Amazon

Winnie The Pooh

Little ones will delight at this all-time classic written by A.A Milne. Enjoy charming tales and adventures of this loveable bear living in the hundred acre wood with his friends Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore and Owl on an endless quest for honey!

Suitable for 3+

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Find your Winnie The Pooh Costume at Amazon

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