Book Week costume ideas

Get "connected to reading" this Book Week
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Book Week will be held 22nd -28th August 2015  in Australia with the theme of Books light up our world. Does this cause stress and panic for parents in their quest to help their kids with a Book Week parade costume? Don’t worry, we are here to help. We have scoured our forums to see what other parents are talking about for book week parade to help you out with a few suggestions - add your own ideas to the comments below.

Sports gear:

  • Megs and the Vootball Kids by Mark Schwarzer and Neil Montagnana-Wallace
  • Specky Magee by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon 
  • Alice the Tennis Fairy by Daisy Meadows - others books in this series include Gemma the Gymnastic Fairy, Samantha the Swimming Fairy, Helena the Horseriding Fairy, Naomi the Netball Fairy, Francesca the Football Fairy, Zoe the Skating Fairy.
  • Netball Dreamz by Leeanne Vernon and Gillian Lee
  • Winning the World Cup by David Metzenthen
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs United by Ian Whybrow


  • Peter Pan by JM Barrie (Wendy and John in pyjamas or a nightie and dressing gown)
  • Benjamin Pillow and the Land of Nod by Richard Cooper 
  • Laura's Star by Klaus Baumgart  
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (pyjamas, bathrobe and towel)
  • I'm Still Awake Still by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (grandpa in his pyjamas)
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl (Sophie in a nightie)

Regular clothes with props: 

  • Where's Wally? by Martin Handford (red and white striped top and beanie, jeans, walking stick.
  • Zac Power by H.I. Larry (sunglasses, old mobile phone or calculator for a spypad, GIB id card on lanyard, digital watch, binoculars and back pack, an old bluetooth earpiece. Don't forget to gel his hair, Zac is always obsessed with his hair!)
  • Alfie by Shirly Hughes (normal clothes and perhaps some yellow gumboots)
  • Diary of a Whimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney (Greg Heffley in a white T-shirt, black shorts/jeans, school bag and perhaps holding a diary)
  • The Little Yellow Digger by Betty and Allan Gilderdale (normal clothes, builder's hat and a tool belt)
  • Harry and his Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow (normal clothes and bucket of dinosaurs)
  • George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl (normal clothes but holding a brown medicine looking bottle (cardboard cutout) and a pot)
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey  (underpants over regular clothes and a cape)
  • Tintin by Herge (khaki pants rolled up and a blue jumper over a white shirt. And of course hair gel!)
  • Captain Haddock from Tintin ( blue jumper, black beard and a plastic pipe from a party shop, black captains hat, black pants and boots)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate factory by Roald Dahl (regular clothes, a chocolate wrapper and a golden ticket)
  • Famous Five and Secret Seven by Enid Blighton (regular clothes)
  • Doctor Dolittle series by Hugh Lofting (Dr's coat and kit and stuffed toy animals)

  • The Baby-Sitters Club book series by Anne M. Martin
  • Violet Mackerel series by Anna Branford
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  • Meet Pearlie by Gabrielle Wang and others in the Our Australian Girl series
  • Anne of Green Gables  by L.M. Montgomery 
  • Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl  
  • Billie B Brown by Sally Rippin
  • EK12 by Susannah McFarlane
  • The Magic School Bus (for Mrs Frizzle wear a brightly coloured dress, print pictures of planets and stick them onto the dress, a toy for the shoulder and red curly wig)
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (a blue dress and white pinafore, black slippers and white tights)
  • Mary Poppins (hair in a bun, long dark skirt, blouse buttoned all the way up and tied with a red ribbon, black hat with some flowers and an umbrella)
  • Dame Washalot from The Magic Faraway Tree  - (apron, washing basket)
  • Emily Eyefinger by Duncan Ball (pingpong ball with googly eye glued on and blu-tacked to finger)

Not quite a princess:

  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (tape together a dress and a crown out of brown paper)
  • Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
  • The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp 
  • Paparazzi Princess by Cathy Hopkins (regular fashionable clothes and shopping bags)
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (Black tshirt, tights, cape & mask with a little tiara)

Witches and wizards: 

  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Harry, Ron, or Hermoine in their school uniform with house scarf, and maybe a witch hat, a broomstick and a wand, and a pet owl (stuffed toy) to attach to their shoulder) 
  • Meg & Mog  by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski (witch dress, hat, black shiny shoes, toy black cat, any other Halloween props such as a black cauldron)
  • Whinnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas 
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • The Princess & the Wizard by Julia Donaldson
  • White Witch of Narnia from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe   by C.S. Lewis (re-use an Elsa costume)

Loads more ideas:

  • Mr Men and Little Miss books (a character t-shirt or make a sandwich board costume)
  • Dr Seuss book characters like Thing 1 & Thing 2 (great for twins). One member says  "Sam-I-Am" from Green Eggs and Ham. She wore a yellow t-shirt, red beanie and carried a big plate of green homemade Playdoh with a fork stuck in it.
  • Goosebumps series by R. L Stine (wrapped in bandages as a mummy, or any other Halloween costume)
  • Josephine the Dancing Kangaroo by Jacqui French (an all-in-one kangaroo costume with a tutu)
  • Paddington Bear by Michael Bond (blue Macintosh raincoat) red rain or sun hat, and a suitcase)
  • Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (bunny ears - left over from the Easter parade? - and a white shirt and blue coat)
  • Wizard of Oz - Lion, Scarecrow, tinman, Dorothy, witch, Oz.

Do you have more ideas? Share in the comments below.