Are you looking for a fun book character costume to celebrate your child’s favorite story book characters? This list has over 30 DIY easy book character costumes you can make. Yes you!
Of course some of the costume are more elaborate than others but I promise there are some super easy ideas that use items you already own plus with a little accessorizing (via Amazon if you like). Or go full DIY and make everything yourself.
World Book Day Costume Ideas
These are great ideas for your favourite book character if you are looking for World Book Day costume ideas as well. World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and it was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 1997.
Book Character Costumes for Kids
Costumes aren’t only for Halloween, especially book character day costumes. Story book characters are good for Dr. Seuss Day, school spirit week, world book day, love of reading week and more.
Dressing up in a literary costume from a classic children’s book is a fun way for the whole school to celebrate. Teachers can dress as their favorite book character. Some great ideas include Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and Curious George
This is a great list of ideas for book lovers to use during Halloween as well. Plus, some schools only allow students to wear Halloween costumes if they represent a storybook character.
That may seem limited but there really are still a lot of fun costume ideas focused on book characters! Luckily our school allows the kids to dress up for Halloween with very little restrictions other than banning gore and weapons.
Tween Book Character Costumes
Speaking of Harry Potter, there is a lot of amazing book character costume ideas within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Start with the main characters like Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, then consider secondary characters like Luna Lovegood and Ginny Weasley. And what about this cute Golden Snitch Costume, adorable and fun.
Easy to Make Book Character Costumes
I tend to focus on making DIY book character costumes for boys because I am a boy mom. I didn’t want to leave the girls out so I found some fun book character costume ideas for girls too. This The Rainbow Fish can an easily be adjusted for big kids with leggings and a fun tutu. I absolutely love this Paper Bag Princess Costume, it’s adorable.
If you have a group of friends that want to dress up together, then these No-Sew Care Bear Costumes would be great! Don’t forget about classic storybook costumes for girls too like Little Red Riding Hood, Pippi Longstocking, Fancy Nancy, Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle, Luna Lovegood, and Winnie the Witch Costume.
Book Character Costumes For Kids and Teachers
Beyond Halloween, our school often hosts a storybook character dress up day during spirit week or even during ‘Read Across America day’ to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. I’ve created a couple of Dr. Seuss costumes over the years for my boys including a Cat in the Hat Costume, an Easy Lorax Costume, Fox in Socks Costume and a Mr. Brown Costume.
It’s pretty easy to make many classic characters from Dr. Seuss books with a few basics like a black t-shirt, or even a black dress for the Cat in the hat or a blue wig for Thing 1 and 2. It’s also pretty easy to make or buy a Thing 1/2 shirt, combine it with this adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 DIY Costume Wig.
You can’t go wrong with costumes from classic authors like Roald Dahl costumes like The BFG – The BFG Costume or Fantastic Mr. Fox Mask. How about a Mr. Smee Costume from Peter Pan or a set of Wizard of Oz Character Costumes. Thinking outside the box, or rather inside the house and this Wizard of Oz House Costume is amazing!
DIY Dr. Seuss Costumes
Dr. Seuss is very popular with elementary school kids including Horton Hears A Who, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish. Check out the variety of Dr. Seuss costume options we have listed below.
DIY Harry Potter Costumes
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Book Series Character Costumes
Elementary school kids love book series chapter books, they are usually fun and reading level appropriate.
Classic Storybook Character Costumes
What is Book Character Day?
Book Character Day is a day when students, teachers and staff dress up as a character from their favorite book. It’s a great way way to celebrate Love of Reading Week or Dr. Seuss Day. In addition you can have a costume parade and give presentations on your favorite book. It can also inspire little girls and boys to read more!
What are good costumes for Book Week?
There are a quite a few book character costume ideas in this post. Beyond classic children’s authors like Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, most children’s characters from nursery rhymes and animated movies or shows also have books. If your kiddo has an Elsa dress, I am sure they also have a Frozen book to bring to school too!
Just let them choose their favorite book characters and go for it! It doesn’t have t be a perfect costume, most kids are super excited to just dress up in the their favorite book character costume.
More Character Day Ideas
- Peter Pan Costume
- Harry Potter Costume
- Wizard Scarf
- Fancy Nancy Accessory Set
- Prairie Girl Costume
- Cat in the Hat Costume Accessories
- Thing 1 and Thing 2 Shirts
- Wild Things Costume
- Elephant and Piggie Masks
- Pete the Cat Costume
- Amelia Bedelia Costume Ideas
- Very Hungry Catepillar Costumes
- Lots of book character accessory options to partially DIY your costume
More Favourite Character Costumes
Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to find ways to make costumes from plain clothes or normal clothes for your first world book day at school. More ideas include: Robin Hood, Stickman, Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (don’t forget his golden ticket), Snow White (or the prince), Captain Hook, Mr. Men characters, 3 little pigs, Mad Hatter, or anyone from Charlotte’s Web!