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Children’s Book Week Costume Ideas 2017

Are you looking for Children’s Book Week costume ideas?

Book Week 2017, running from August 18-25, asks your children to Escape to Everywhere; an exciting invitation with a world full of possibilities. One of the greatest joys of reading, for kids and adults alike, is the opportunity to escape! Delve into our guide of ideas to help decide where book week will take your family: will you escape to the past, a fantasy land or perhaps even another universe?

Escape to… the skies!

What better way to escape than to be the pilot of your own aircraft! The possibilities are endless; grab your pilot hat and fly away to an exotic island or perhaps even Antarctica!

Book inspiration: On the Plane by Carron Brown.

Escape to… the past!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the prehistoric era, amongst the dinosaurs? This book week you can find out! Grab your best dinosaur outfit or skip brushing your hair to be the perfect caveman. Other historical characters perfect for book week include Vikings, queens or knights in shining (or alfoil!) armour.

Book inspiration: How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer.

Escape to… Neverland!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Peter Pan! This Disney favourite is the perfect character to escape with this book week; easily recreated with tights and some green apparel. Or perhaps adorable fairy Tinkerbell is more your cup of tea – or Captain Hook!

Book inspiration: Peter Pan by Sir J.M Barrie, Special Disney Storybook Series: Peter Pan.

Escape to… Mars!

Escape to another planet by dressing up as an astronaut this book week! An alien or even rocket could be other excellent space escape options.

Book inspiration: If I Were An Astronaut by Eric Braun, Aliens Love Underpants! by Claire Freedman.

Escape to… fantasy!

Don’t fancy time or space travel? Why not escape to a fantasy world and transform into a unicorn, elf or fairy for book week! Keep the kids busy with some DIY crafting to create wings or horns.

Book inspiration: Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabley, A Touch of Magic by Linda Chapman.

With the magic of books comes endless possibilities! Enjoy the lead up to the August event with DIY costume crafts or reading through your children’s favourite stories for inspiration. Perhaps even encourage your children to participate in The Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Where will Escape to Everywhere Book Week 2017 take you?

When it comes to dressing up for Book Week Families Magazine readers are the BEST…

Check out these Book Week Costume Ideas from earlier years:

Many children love getting dressed up for Book Week – we loved these ideas sent in by our Facebook followers.

Children's Book Week costume ideas

The Cat in the Hat

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Scarecrow & Tin Man from Wizard of Oz

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Little Red Riding Hood & a Pirate

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Little red riding hood, superman, Asterix and the cat in the hat!

Children's Book Week costume ideas

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Too Many Elephants in the Room

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Captain Underpants

Teachers’ Children’s Book Week costume ideas

Children's Book Week costume ideas

One very hungry caterpillar!!! aka Prep Teacher Aide

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Toy Story – Woody & Jesse

Tips for Reading With Children:

  1. Talk with your child about the book they are reading. What is it about? Do they like it? What do they think will happen next?
  2. Ensure your child can read and understand the vocabulary used in the books and that they are comprehending what they are reading. Reading should have meaning!
  3. Talk about the pictures, particularly with younger and less able readers. Pictures help children to understand the words.
  4. Ask your child to read some of the words from the book in isolation to ensure they are not memorising the sequence of the text.
  5. As your child gets older or a more able reader, discuss the characters and the words and phrases used by the author.
  6. When your child does not know a word, encourage them to make a sensible guess but do not let them struggle.
  7. Encourage your child to sound out and word build phonetic words, by using letter sounds not letter names, e.g. ‘a’ as in pat. Help them to break down the longer words, e.g. im-por-tant. It is important that your child recognises all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.
  8. If your child misreads a word, stop him or her and say the correct word – although if it is a word which makes no difference to the meaning (for example, ‘home’ instead of ‘house’) it is best to ignore it.
  9. Try to develop your child’s expression and prediction skills, especially when they have become a fluent reader – draw their attention to punctuation, e.g. stopping at full stops and the use of expression when characters are speaking.
  10. Use lots of praise and encouragement and avoid criticism. It is important your child becomes confident with their reading.

Your child may experience a mixture of reading activities in school

  • They should be given opportunities to read individually from reading scheme books.
  • During shared/quiet reading sessions they may be encouraged to read silently or share with a partner a book of their choice.
  • They may take part in group play and poetry reading sessions.


Finally and most importantly, so you can enjoy hearing your child read, make the reading sessions short. Give lots of praise – for effort as well as achievement. If you are anxious try not to let it show. Discuss any concerns you have about your child’s reading with their class teacher.

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