October 19, 2020


Book week creeps up on us each year. While we adore celebrating everything about reading, the annual costume parade can be stressful. But never fear, we’ve got the best book week ideas for the perfect dress-up.

Children’s Book Week 2020 runs from 17 October – 23 October 2020, and the theme this year is ‘CURIOUS CREATURES, WILD MINDS’.

I am not sure how your school does it? Our primary school doesn’t stick to the theme at all. The kids are just encouraged to dress as their favourite book character.

So we’ve compiled some last minute Book Week ideas for creative costumes to get you out of a pickle.

Harry Potter

A cape, a scar, a wand, and you’re done. You could be Harry, Hermoine, or Ron. Take your pick. Maybe grab a broom and you are set! Now this is one of those Book Week Ideas that I can actually pull off.



Buy two pieces of cardboard, a bit of tape over the shoulders, to make an instant sandwich board.

You can turn it into a bookcover, or how about a character from the Mr Men series?

Do you even need a costume? Think about all your favourite regular kid characters – Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Andy Griffiths Tree House series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Spy series, Dork Diaries, Judy Moody.

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If you already have a costume Why not raid the dress up box for a favourite costume and then head to the library to find a book that fits the theme.  The possibilities are endless. One of those genius book week ideas, that I pretty much do every year – haha.

Draw a mask

A simple mask can get you out of trouble in a flash.  Fantastic Mr Fox, BFG, Blinky Bill, Hungry Caterpillar or what about the Gruffalo? Or just simply draw a hat for Cat in the Hat!

Tea towel

Grab an old tea towel or pillow case and attach for a cape and away you go. Or use it as a head scarf and draw an eye patch for a Pirate.



Don’t even worry about getting the kids dressed – send them to school in their PJ’s as one of the many Pyjama day/party books.

pj day


Chuck on some white underpants over their school trousers and you have Captain Underpants.


Don’t stress!

Ideas are endless. If you have a scarf, beanie, coat, gloves and a hat they could even dress as a scarecrow!

If the worst comes to the worst grab some everyday items from around the home and google a book that you think they may match. Voila!

Just pick one of these book week ideas. It doesn’t have to be hard.

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Do you go all out for book week or keep it very simple? What are your best book week ideas for costumes?

Share your comments below.

  • Amazing costumes that can be made last minute. Great ideas.


  • Some great ideas always leave it to last minute


  • We love taking part in this every year and so many characters to choose from.


  • What wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing, I have passed these comments on to my children so their children will be able to take it to heart.


  • Easy ideas, shall save this for next year. Hopefully won’t be too stressed then!


  • There are a lot of simple ideas out there, that it needed become stressful or expensive. Where’s Wally, Tin Tin, Matilda, Little Red Riding Hood, Paddington Bear, Robin Hood, Wizard of Oz scarecrow, Peter Pan, Luke Skywalker … really only limited by your imagination!


  • Go in your school uniform and say you are a student. There are heaps of school kids in stories.


  • I see so many posts on Facebook from parents and the costumes their kids wore and its more like a fancy dress party. Most are just costumes, not book characters.


  • I’m a teacher and I’m so hopeless at being organised for book week ???? this year I thought it’d be easy to find Minnie Mouse ears but low and behold, I couldn’t find them ANYWHERE! So I put my hair half up half down and put the top half into a bow. Used eye liner to put a black circle on my nose and drew the Disney symbol on my cheek chucked on a red dress with white love hearts and hoped that everyone would know I was Minnie! So many people loved it!


  • SO many things cancelled this year but still book week costumes happen!!
    it is my DS first year at school and he was super excited to dress up and share his book with his class.


  • Our school never had book week for the kids. They just had free dress day so the kids could wear whatever they felt like for the day.


  • I love how easy it is now to throw some things together… and there are so many more book characters now.


  • I love the green eggs and ham one!
    Bub is a bit little for it now but I’ll need to start brainstorming for when she’s old enough.


  • My kids love to go as Harry Potter characters every year


  • My daughter has wanted to go as Cinderella for the last 3 years so it’s been very easy!


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