Adult Book Week Costumes

If you’re reading this, you’ve clearly already thought about dressing up for Book Week and are looking for some manageable Book Week costume ideas. I talk ad nauseam that educators and library staff are role models in reading, and Book Week is one of those times in the school year when I want all public library staff, teachers , support staff, grounds staff, and classroom volunteers try to improve reading. anti… to bring books to life, celebrate and have fun with books and show that you believe in the power of books and reading.


If you’re looking for something easy/subtle/affordable/just tick the box for your colleagues to leave you alone, a basic accessory or generic costume can be quickly linked to any number of books. Spotlight online (posted or click and collect) is my go to for full costumes or props and their teacher specific range is here.

Some of my personal favorite costumes from the last few weeks of the book are in the images below. Two years ago I was lucky enough to be able to go as myself, since I have been immortalized as the image of the librarian in ‘Book of Lucy’ .

Ideas 2022

Onesies style costumes are nothing but comfortable, and this spotlight unicorn is perfect for ‘Thelma the Unicorn’ or a new favorite of mine, ‘Big and small ones’ by Alison McLennan and Connah Brecon.

If you want to be very 2022, you can be CBCA’s shortlisted baby dragon ‘dragon skin’ by Karen Foxlee or go to doctor costume to link with the shortlisted CBCA book, ‘A trip to the hospital’ by Freda Chiu and times of covid…


The world of medieval times is great for costume ideas for adults and Stand out has some good options. I like the idea of ​​introducing students to a ‘new to them’ series of books or showing them that you love what they are reading too. Many Year Five/Six/Seven book clubs in schools have studied one or more of AL Tait’s books so this may be a winning costume idea and notes for his books are on his website. here. I went as Mave from ‘Howling Wolf’ in 2021.


Harry Potter can be as simple as a few glasses or as elaborate as the outfit. Whether you want to be Harry, Hermione, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff, there are lots of accessories to choose from. My former Headmistress as Professor McGonagall is pictured below with PudStar.


‘Where is Wally’ – How cute are my former library employees – I miss you girls!


Many moons ago, when I was a young class teacher and still hanging out at raves and music festivals on the weekends, I lived for Book Week costume planning. My love of over-the-top rave and festival outfits (see picture below!) spilled over into planning Book Week costumes that involved an extreme amount of glitter and tulle, and my book character costumes became more and more elaborate each year. Being now a bit worn out by life, and at an age where too much glitter isn’t going to work for me (so my seventeen-year-old niece tells me), I’ve tamed my costumes a bit; but I will always love a good Book Week outfit.

Back in the day… what can I say? I loved a costume and my love for glitter knew no bounds.

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