Are you sick of seeing Where’s Wally or a hundred Harry Potters at Book Week? Try something new with these simple Book Week costumes that will look fantastic.
We’ve ranked them from easiest to hardest to create. Best of all, we’ve concentrated on books in series, to help your child catch the reading bug!
Download your costume hacks here.
Attitude: Walk with a slouch and you’ve nailed it
Need: White shirt or similar, shorts or jeans, trainers, backpack
Print off: Face mask
Best book to carry: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
Kensy and Max
Attitude: Stealthy, they’re spies
Need: All black clothing and shoes
Print off: Face masks (optional)
Best book to carry: Kensy and Max 4: Out of Sight by Jacqueline Harvey
A Peski Kid
Attitude: Slightly cheeky
For one of the Peski kids, you need: White blouse, grey skirt or pants, blue and white striped tie
For Loretta, the next-door neighbour, you need: White blouse, long brown skirt, red neck-scarf
Print off: Face masks (though not essential), squashed cockroach to carry
Best book to carry: The Peski Kids 1: The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach by R.A. Spratt
Attitude: Confident with a skip in the step
Need: Denim jacket with badges or similar, white shirt, tutu, knee-high white socks
Optional: Drumsticks and pink bandana for the hair
Print off: Face mask – though not essential if your child looks like Alice-Miranda
Best book to carry: Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat by Jacqueline Harvey
Atticus Van Tasticus
Attitude: Walk with a swagger and say ‘Aaargh me hearties!’
Need: Pirate hat, white shirt, pants (striped if you can), big black belt, toy sword
Print off: Face mask -- though you might not need it if you have an eye patch!
Optional: Stuffed parrot on the shoulder
Best book to carry: The Atticus Van Tasticus series by Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King is out in September so download a pic of the cover at
Attitude: Happy and sparkly, mimic swimming as you’re walking
Need: Bright coloured t-shirt, mermaid tail or sparkly material for tail
Print off: Sea-creature friends to carry (in a fishbowl if you want!)
Optional: Seashell handbag or accessories
Best book to carry: Mermaid Holidays 1: The Talent Show by Delphine Davis and Adele K. Thomas
Attitude: A little goofy
Need: Blue jacket and long blue pants, striped scarf, white shirt, grey waistcoat, red material for waist band, Converse shoes or similar
Print off: Face mask -- though not essential for any kid with short brown hair
Best book to carry: Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Go Wild by Tim Harris
A Super Sidekick
Attitude: Super! You’re a super hero.
Need: Yellow long sleeve shirt, yellow tights, blue shorts, blue socks, blue gloves
Print off: Blue Sidekicks logo, blue eye mask, Goo to carry with you
Best book to carry: Super Sidekicks 1: No Adults Allowed! by Gavin Aung Than
A (Green) Sheep
Attitude: Happy and joyful unless you’re the green sheep, in which case you’re sleepy
Need: 2 pieces of large coloured cardboard each cut-out in a large cloud shape, crepe paper in the colour of your choice, two cardboard strips to go over the shoulders, scissors, coloured pencils, glue
Create: Cut the crepe paper into 5cm squares, scrunch up and stick onto one side of each piece of cardboard until it’s covered, use the shoulder strips to connect the two
Print off: Face mask to colour-in
Best book to carry: Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Attitude: A little bit scary – you’re a monster
Need: Light brown fleecy fabric (enough to cover your child’s body), a cardboard box big enough for your child to step into, scissors, glue, staples, cord for belt, cord to staple onto box to hold it up, small piece of white cardboard, paint or coloured pencils
Create: Drape fabric over child and cut out eye-holes in appropriate position, and arm holes. Remove top and bottom of the box so you just have the sides. Paint the house design from the cover on each side of the box. Use the top of the box to make the roof of the house and paint it red. Cut two small white teeth and staple in the mouth position. Staple roof to top of the outfit (ensure your child’s not underneath!). Use cord to tie around waist. Use second cord to tie and staple box in position at waist level.
Confession: OK this isn’t a book from a series but it is so much fun we had to include it! There are stacks of books about monsters so it’s a great theme to explore with kids
Best book to carry: A Monster in My House by the Umbilical Brothers and Jonah Potma
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