Children’s costumes for book week

If you’re reading this, then you probably fall into one of two camps: love putting together your kids’ Book Week costumes, or dread/hate/resent putting together Book Week costumes! I am the former. I have vivid childhood memories of planning costumes for Book Week, from Snugglepot to Mog.

All four of our kids pick their own Book Week characters (within reason!) but I’m also the master at convincing a kid that they really want being a character in a book with a costume we can pull off.

There are many options to buy a ready-made costume, or you can make it yourself with things you have around the house and a bit of running around for ‘bits and pieces’. I worked in Stand out in the past and I’m a big fan of their online DIY and ready-made options, because when it comes to the Book Week costume scare, online shopping is gold. Random fact: I worked in their craft department and bought (at a staff discount) more glitter, fur, and tulle than one person needs. my love of Stand out run deep


All of the costumes in the gallery above are ones I’ve created with the kids and have been a lot of fun and not *too* much work. Prue Theroux The Cool Librarian was one of my favorites, all of her arms were made of stuffed sleeves – PudStar totally OWNed this character!

Create the costume together so they take ownership of it and remember that simplicity is key. This Year ChickPea Plans To Go As The Mouse From Deb Abela’s New Book ‘The Book of Wonderful Possibilities’ – gray tracksuit, mouse ears, painted nose and whiskers, and wings (yes, the mouse has wings!). The smallest bee wants to be a beekeeper ‘The Book of Bees’. I was excited about this bee pick as we have a multitude of kids beekeeper veils and overalls in the garage! If you have a child who doesn’t like to dress up but does play sports, pair them with a book as it’s great to see netball, basketball, cricket and soccer uniforms on display with the accompanying books.

There are some years when DIY costumes just won’t happen, and in fact, it’s great to add a new costume to the costume box at home every once in a while. Some of my favorite costumes or accessories from Stand out include your Wizard of Oz, pirate Y Hobbit costumes, as well as their props.


A book lanyard or book necklace prevents having to carry the book around all day, easily identifies the costume and character, and as a bonus, seeing all those book covers in the school yard is the perfect advertisement for what you’re looking for. which you should read next. Simple and effective.

As a teacher librarian and mom, I learned the hard way (it wasn’t pretty) to organize costumes ahead of time. Now I put the costumes out the weekend before Book Week, have a fitting, and then calmly say, “and Wednesday morning, NO alterations… do it all.understand?”.

Some years I really got tough and bribed my kids with gift cards to be SUPER GOOD for Book Week. I am never above bribery as a parenting strategy.

May the Force be with you this Book Week! If you need a costume, check out my ideas for adults here!

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