August 9, 2019


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 22-28 August 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

  • Book week dress ups were becoming a thing towards the end of my kids being at school. Thank goodness, it’s not as easy as it looks to create costumes


  • Some handy ideas here. Not sure they could be classed as last minute, ops I forgot though. There seems to be quite a bit of work in all of them


  • Some great ideas here. The pressure is real!!


  • Great ideas. Can’t wait for my little one to have her first one next year


  • my girls didn’t like to go over the top – we would pick a book that they loved and most of the time it was something not so common and we would then make a simple homemade outfit trying to utilise pieces of clothing we already had and adding a mask or ears or tail etc depending on the book choice – I think a lot of times it’s the parents that get over competitive and make these elaborate costumes so their kid wins a prize but for me it’s about my kids at least participating and wearing something they feel comfortable in.


  • Luckily this wasn’t a huge thing when my kids went to Primary school. The focus was more on the books and creating awareness of books rather than who’s got the most elaborate costume. The pressure is really on these days for parents and they shouldn’t feel they need to buy something expensive. I remember the kids were allowed to dress as their favourite character and it didn’t have to be from a book. I dressed my son as Bob the Builder and daughter as Bindi Irwin. It never cost me a cent, I just used dress up stuff they already had and they looked so cute.


  • Some great costumes there. They don’t need to be over the top, just simple


  • We made the Sam I Am costumes – so easy!


  • I hate book week, my child changes her mind so many times!!


  • Glad I’m past that stage but some good ideas here. Love the pj idea – problem solved quickly.


  • I HATE book week! This article is great so many simple ideas that you don’t need to go buy 101 things for,


  • So many great ideas here.


  • I am saving this post. Wish I had seen it before book week..


  • These are all wonderful ideas. My kids never had book week when they were going to school and neither did I. Need to get the kids involved in helping to make the outfits


  • How gorgeous do the kids look (-:


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