Book Week Costume Ideas for Kids

Book Week Costume ideas

Book Week 2015 is fast approaching and whilst children, schools and libraries nation-wide prepare for this literary celebration, many parents groan at the thought of finding another costume. Brisbane Kids has searched for some of the best and most imaginative children’s book characters to help you find the right Book Week costume for your little reader.

Book Week Costume Inspiration

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is a bookshelf must-have and a super scary book week costume character. Your Brisbane Kid will love parading in this wild dress up costume! You’ll find full DIY instructions at The Educators’ Spin On It.

Book Week Costume ideas

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Australian classic literature at its best, our friend The Organised Housewife created this lovely gumnut baby costume.

Book Week Costume ideas

The Lorax

Dr Seuss is always a huge hit with fun rhymes for the littlies but wonderful underlying moral ideas. The Lorax costume from Blondie & Curls is super simple.


Perfectly pink, Pinkalicious is a funky little girl who LOVES pink. Pinkalicious requires lots and lots of pink. Head to toe. An easy costume for your pink obsessed Brisbane Kid (found via Pinterest)

Book Week Costume ideas

Fantastic Mr Fox

Literary master and timeless children’s author Roald Dahl has many wonderfully wild characters hatching magnificent plots. Fantastic Mr Fox is a sure crowd-pleaser and this idea from A Beautiful Mess requires only a home made fox mask, feather duster for a tail and debonair style.

Book Week Costume ideas

Fern – Charlotte’s Web

We all fell in love with the adorable little pig and his entourage of friends. But who could forget sweet Fern? A timeless children’s classic character for any little Brisbane Kids, recreated by Keeley McGuire (check out the themed Book Week lunch too!).

Book Week Costume ideas

Where the Wild Things Are

This world-wide family favourite is instantly recognisable and is fun to create. Red Ted Art has created this simple paper bag craft that soon transforms any child into this Wild Thing.

Book Week Costume ideas

Captain Underpants

Every Brisbane Kid’s dream character – a superhero in underpants!! DIY Or Die shows you exactly how to create this perfect Captain Underpants costume for Book Week. This character is 2014’s most popular costume for boys.

Book Week Costume ideas

The Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland is full of delightful characters eager to parade for Book Week. One of Brisbane Kids’ favourite fellows is The Mad Hatter, who instantly appeals to children with his wild and colourful array of costuming. There are full instructions for this one at Coolest Handmade Costumes.

Book Week Costume ideas

Fancy Nancy

Fabulously fancy and fantastically fun, Fancy Nancy is an explosion of costume box couture. Anything goes, feather boas, oversized glasses, heels, necklaces, nail polish, crowns, handbags, bracelets, gloves … the list could go on! Five Brothers One Sister will inspire you with Fancy Nancy and other great Book Week costume ideas.

Book Week Costume ideas

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Awkward Gerald has a beautiful message of acceptance and individuality and is a childhood favourite. Convert a yellow sweater or t-shirt into a gracious giraffe costume and finish with a pair of ears and horns, or follow this tutorial from Sew Can Do to sew your own.

Book Week Costume ideas

10 More Awesome Brisbane Kids Book Week Costume Ideas:

  1. Harry Potter
  2. The Cat in the Hat
  3. Where’s Wally
  4. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  5. Where is the Green Sheep
  6. Angelina Ballerina
  7. Spot
  8. Winnie The Pooh
  9. Room on the Broom
  10. The Giving Tree

If you’re looking for some more local inspiration for your child’s Book Week costume this year, then you might like to check out our list of 10 Great Brisbane Children’s Books. Alternatively, take a look at the list of 20 of the Best Books to Buy for Kids.

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