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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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