Children’s Book Week runs from August 18-24, 2018, and the theme this year is “Find Your Treasure”.

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 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!


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.  Possibilities are endless.

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 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!

It doesn’t have to be hard.

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Do you go all out for book week or keep it very simple?

Share your comments below

  • Oh no, that would be a disaster to forget a costume. So glad these things weren’t massive when my kids were at school, I don’t think I would’ve coped


  • Why is this all about costumes now. It’s supposed to promote reading books.


  • My daughter has asked for hairy maclary. Oh this is going to be fun.


  • Book week dress up wasn’t a thing when my kids went to school. Parents should do get creative. I can just imagine the comparisons and judgements made by some on the costumes


  • I prefer to go all out otherwise you lose the fun in dressing up. The compromise to this is my daughter picks her character and as long as they’re from a book (not a movie that’s been turned into a book) we do it. This year she’ll be princess mononoke from the story written by Hayo Miyazaki who later turned it into film (after some adaptations). Probably our trickiest costume yet with a facemask attached to a furred Cape and brown sack shoes. Last year we ran out of time and decided to do splophie from the BFG, easiest costume ever.


  • Some great examples of costumes here team. I would love to see some of the creations other mums have made.


  • I live bookweek and I love dressing up with costumes. But my kids are only three so that will probably wear off haha. I love the cardboard idea of mr bump!!


  • We keep it very simple and do with what we have. At our local primary school they had a parade for my 8yr old and she simply went as one of the Billy Brown characters. No parade at the High schools of course, but they still had book week and could dress up.
    My 14yr old said to me “I hope they don’t ask which character I am from which book, as it’s not from a book and I can’t remember the name” hehehe


  • Our school doesn’t celebrate that anymore luckily we just buy books from the library but no book parade or anything.


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