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Activity  •  23 August 2017


Need a Book Week costume quickly?

Book Week is an amazing chance for your child to get creative, engage with their favourite books and dress up in character. If you need a costume, stat, here are a few ideas to help you get something incredible off the ground before the big day . . . 

A parent’s approach to CBCA Book Week can fall into one of three categories:

  1. I’ve completely got this. These are the parents who have been waiting, planning and vision-boarding for weeks in preparation. They send their children into the school yard looking like they’ve just stepped out of the pages of a book.

  2. It’s next week? No problem. These are the creative geniuses/parents whose dress up boxes provide a wealth of treasures. With a little effort, their children will easily look the part.

  3. What do you mean it’s Book Week parade tomorrow?! These parents realise their dilemma the night before their child’s Book Week celebrations (if not the morning of) and need help . . . FAST!

So for those parents who have recently joined the third category, and to those who feel like they are lifelong members, don’t stress . . . we have you covered!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Greg Heffley

Greg from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is one of the most iconic children's book characters of this generation – seriously, who doesn't recognise this kid!? Help your child channel their inner troublemaker by dressing up as Greg for CBCA Book Week.

What you’ll need:

  • Printable mask found here
  • Plastic or wooden ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Simple clothing (e.g. jeans or neutral pants and a white t-shirt)
  • A backpack (optional) 

What to do: Print off the mask, stick to cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the mask to your ruler using glue or tape. Get dressed – a backpack definitely adds a Wimpy Kid touch – and you're ready to hit the school grounds. Be sure to keep your wits about you . . . wherever Greg Heffley goes, trouble tends to follow! 



Since she's now the star of her very own book series, parents rejoice – you can finally indulge requests from your little ones to dress up as Bluey for Book Week! It's also a ten-minute costume with our simple, printable Bluey mask.

Got two kids to usher to the school gates, fully costumed? We've got you covered with a printable Bingo mask. 

What you'll need:

  • Printable masks found here
  • Plastic or wooden ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Blue or orange/beige clothing (for Bluey or Bingo) 

What to do: Like with the Wimpy Kid mask, print off your Bluey or Bingo mask onto paper and stick onto cardboard with glue. Cut around carefully and secure the mask to a ruler with tape or glue. Pop on your all-blue or all-orange ensemble, and you'll be perfectly in character as the nation's favourite Heeler puppies!  



Alice-Miranda, from the bestselling book series by Jacqueline Harvey, is a go-to character for Book Week. She’s sassy, precocious and, best of all, kind – plus, this costume is easy to construct from everyday items you might find in your wardrobe.


Alice-Miranda at School

What you’ll need:

  • School uniform, or a tartan skirt and blazer
  • A pink headband
  • A pink tie
  • Knee high socks and black shoes

What to do: Wear hair loose if allowed, otherwise do a plait or ponytail with the pink headband on. Draw on freckles and apply rosy blush. Now, go forth and be kind to others in true Alice-Miranda fashion!


Alice-Miranda in the Outback

What you'll need:

  • A wide-brimmed hat in the style of an Akubra
  • Khaki, brown or green clothes – a button down shirt with a skirt, or even a romper, will work well!
  • A pink ribbon 
  • Knee high socks and runners or sports shoes 

What to do: Wear long hair in two plaits. Put on your outfit and tie your pink ribbon around your waist like Alice-Miranda does on the book cover. Pop on your Akubra hat and you'll be channeling your inner outback explorer in no time! 


Atticus Van Tasticus

Sail the high seas and swashbuckle your way through maths class with this Atticus Van Tasticus costume! Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King's hilarious series about a ragtag group of junior pirates could inspire any number of maaarrrrr-velous costumes, but ringleader Atticus is perhaps the best of them all! 

What you'll need: 

  • Printable mask found here, or alternatively an eye patch and pirate hat
  • Plastic or wooden ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Simple, loose clothes (e.g. a white shirt and striped pants) 
  • A big, black belt 
  • A toy or cardboard sword 

What do to: Assemble your mask using the method detailed above. Put on your shirt and pants, leaving the shirt loose. Fasten your belt around your waist. Grab your weapon, and you're good to go, matey! Maybe there be treasure hidden in this here playground! 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Always hungry, always a complete and utter mood. If your child also subscribes to the 'always hungry' philosophy of life, maybe the Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fitting pick for Book Week! It's also adorable and perfect for children of all ages, from tiny tots to big kids. 

What you’ll need:

  • Printable mask found here
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic or wooden ruler
  • Green pants
  • Green top

What to do: Assemble your mask using the method detailed above. Get child dressed and you're ready to eat your way through the many school lunches on offer – it's that easy! If you don't have any green clothes in the old wardrobe, we've seen a particularly cute Very Hungry Caterpillar costume floating around at a certain 'Big' department store. 



Roald Dahl's classic children's literature has been inspiring Book Week costumes for decades, and one of the most simple yet effective getups is a BFG costume! The Big Friendly Giant is kind, generous, and has HUGE ears that your child will have tons of fun wearing around all day. 

What you’ll need:

  • Printable BFG ears found here
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic headband
  • Light coloured shirt (rolled up sleeves)
  • Jeans or long pants
  • Vest

What to do: Print off the BFG ears, stick them to flexible cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the ears to the headband using tape. Get dressed in the clothing listed above and you're ready to enter the schoolyard, but remember to be careful not to stand on any friends . . . they might squish them! 


Ranger’s Apprentice – Will Treaty

Enter the fantastical world of Ranger's Apprentice by dressing up as Will Treaty this Book Week! Perfect for older kids in Grades 4 to 6 and beyond, this costume from John Flanagan's longrunning book series looks incredible with very little work required. 

What you’ll need:

  • Light coloured pants (e.g. cargo pants)
  • Long sleeved top (e.g. light roll neck or skivvy)
  • Tunic (any oversized, short sleeved top will do)
  • Belt
  • Hooded cape (ideally brown or green)
  • Toy bow 
  • Toy or cardboard sword

What to do: This costume needs layering, so start with the long pants and long sleeved top. Then add the tunic and fasten around the waist with the belt. Slide the cardboard sword into the belt at the side and then place the hooded cape over the top. With the addition of the bow, your child is ready to protect their friends against foes! One question – do Rangers have to do homework!? 

For more Book Week costume ideas, be sure to check out this list, complete with tons of printable masks. 

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