The Best 8 DIY Costumes For Book Week

Book Week has arrived!! This coming week we celebrate books and all they offer. Most schools ask students to dress up as a favourite book character and participate in a book parade.

It is important to remember the main objectives of a book parade before you go off and spend a lot of money on a costume. The parade is an opportunity for children and their teachers to have some fun and get a little creative.

There are many home made costumes that I have seen over the years that are creative, inexpensive and do not require any sewing. Below is a list of 8 that I have complied that you may want to attempt.

1. Paper bag princess

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The Paper Bag Princess is a children’s book written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

The costume requires some brown paper, cut and stuck into a dress shape, a white long sleeve shirt, black tights and a small crown. You could put some face paint on to resemble dirt on her face.

2. Sam I Am

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Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling and critically acclaimed children’s book by Dr Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960. Sam I Am is a character in this book.

The costume requires a yellow shirt, dark pants, red hat, cardboard sign that has “Sam I Am” written on it and a cardboard plate with green eggs and ham drawn on or stuck on.

3. Thing 1 and Thing 2

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The Cat in the Hat is a children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr Seuss and first published in 1957. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are characters in this book.

The costume requires a red shirt with “Thing 1” or “Thing 2” written on while material or paper and stuck on. Blue or black pants or skirt with a blue wig.

4. Where’s Wally

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Where’s Wally? (known in the United States and Canada as Where’s Waldo?) is a series of children’s books created by the English illustrator Martin Handford. The books consist of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location. Wally is a character in the book that is hiding on each page.

The costume requires a red and white striped shirt, blue pants or skirt, red beanie and thick black glasses.

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a bestselling children’s book written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert and published by Simon & Simon & Schuster in 1989.

The costume requires brown clothes, green cardboard leaves, brown or red cardboard circles and stick on letters. You can make a cardboard headband to wrap around the child’s head and stick the leaves onto the front part.

6. Heart card

 

 

 

 

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The deck of cards characters are the guardians of the Queen of Hearts in this book.

The costume requires a red long sleeve shirt and pants, two pieces of white cardboard with red hearts painted on them and ribbon to stick the cardboard pieces together over the shoulder of the child.

7. Mr Men or Little Miss Character

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Mr. Men is a series of 49 children’s books by British author Roger Hargreaves, commencing in 1971. From 1981, an accompanying series of 42 Little Miss books by the same author, but with female characters.

The costume requires the child to wear a matching long sleeve shirt and pants in the same colour as the Mr Men or Little miss character. Using cardboard, the character is drawn and cut out. This is done twice to create a sandwich board.

8. Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairy tale. The earliest known appearance in print is Benjamin Tabart’s version of 1807. Jack is a character in this book trying to get money to buy food for his family.

This costume requires a brown long sleeve shirt and pants. You can make the beanstalk by stuffing newspaper into a pair of stockings. This is then painted green and light green paint added for some detail on the beanstalk. Wrap the stocking around the child and pin it to the clothes by using safety pins. The child could also have 3 golden eggs to carry and have his name attached to his shirt.

I hope some of these ideas have given you some inspiration to get creative for your child’s book week costumes. Involve your child on the decision making and the creating part of the costume. Children love being part of the process. Please remember, it is not about how expensive or extravagant the costume is. Book week is about celebrating all books and exploring all the wonderful characters that we are introduced to through books.

Until next time …

Kelly Pisani

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The Celebration Of Books: Book Week Nominations

Book week is nearly here!! Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

small BW promo logoThis year Book Week is being celebrated between  Saturday 22nd August - Friday 28th August 2015. Each year the Australian Book Council of Australia chooses a theme that will inspire children and adults to share their love of reading. This year the theme is “Books light up our world”. Book week this year is extra special as it will be celebrating 70 years since it all began.

 

In the lead up to book week, 6 books are nominated for the honourary title of book of the year from the Australian Book Council of Australia in their category. The categories are older readers book of the year, younger readers book of the year, early childhood book of the year, picture book of the year and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. Books were shortlisted on April the 14th and the winner will be announce on Friday the 21st August at 12pm.

In this blog I will look at one book in each category that you may want to read with your child or children in your classroom.

Category: Nominated for Older Readers Book of the Year

Nona & Me by Claire Atkins

Nona and MeRosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas.

They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.

Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they’re in Year 10 and things have changed. Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena’s
gorgeous older brother Nick.

When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position: will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend?

‘A fascinating book, beautifully told, with rich insight into a deeply Australian but little known community.’ – Jackie French

Category: Nominated for Younger Readers Book of the Year

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks

Two WolvesAn old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is bad – pride, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good – kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, ‘Who will win?’ The grandfather answers simply, ‘The one you feed.’

One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver’s front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. But are they?

It doesn’t take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben’s always dreamt of becoming a detective – his dad even calls him ‘Cop’. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done.

The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?

‘Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won’t forget.’ - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

Category: Nominated for Early Childhood Book of the Year

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

This is a story about a Pug named Pig who finds it very difficult to share. A small dog is on hand to teach him all about sharing but it is not in the way that you would expect. Aaron Blabey has created many hilarious moments that can be appreciated by young children and adults.

“I defy anyone to read this picture book and not laugh. Hilarious.” - Sydney Morning Herald
“Pig the Pug had us chuckling from the title…(and) the final page had us in stitches. A book to return to often.” - The Weekend Australian

Category: Nominated for Picture Book of the Year

Rivertime by Trace Balla

RivertimeA gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia’s Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle. Trace Balla is often found sketching in nature, riding her bike with her son, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria. She works as an illustrator, community artist, art therapist, animator, and writer of songs and stories.

Category: Nominated for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Mary’s Australia: How Mary Mackillop changed Australia by Pamela Freeman

Mary's AustraliaMary MacKillop changed the course of Australia’s history.

Mary MacKillop watched Australia grow from a collection of small colonies into a nation - and she was proud of the country she had a part in creating. How did Australia change in her lifetime? And how much influence did Mary MacKillop have in shaping Australia?

  • Mary MacKillop is one of the most influential people in Australia’s history.
  • Mary MacKillop is well-known for being Australia’s first and so far only saint.

I hope you have found some inspiration in this blog to start reading one of these quality books with your child or class. Reading is a gift and should be treasured.

Next week I will focus on another 5 books that have also been nominated for the Australian Council Books of the year.

Happy reading everyone.

Until next time …

Kelly Pisani

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