Written by Holly (Teach Starter)
You either love it or you hate it! Book Week dress up day will be here before you know it and if you’re anything like some of my teacher friends, you leave it to the last minute and end up wearing the same costume you wore last year or pulling out that witches hat again! So, to help you all out, we have put together some of our favourite Book Week costume ideas for teachers!
Don’t leave it to the last minute! Have some fun with it – your students will love it!
The Rainbow Fish
We’ve all read the beautiful story of The Rainbow Fish!
Get creative and buy some pretty fabric and stick it on a basic blue t-shirt to be the scales (don’t forget the glittery scales). Your tutu doesn’t need to be as amazing as @jessnetchi, you could just use a basic blue tutu from your local cheap shop!
Whizz from Don’t Open This Book
Now, this is going all out! Get a blue swimming cap, blue long sleeve top and blue stockings. Find some old shorts and a brown belt, plus some black lace-up shoes and you’re done!
Don’t forget the ‘Go Read Something Else’ sign.
Mandrake from Harry Potter
Get creative! Don’t always pick the main characters from books. We absolutely love this book week costume of Mandrake from Harry Potter. It looks amazing and is another easy costume to re-create.
Get an old pot and cut the bottom out of it. A green shirt and some green vines (real or fake), some dirt on the face – and your book week costume is complete!
Crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit
A popular costume choice for a group of teachers! Each person goes as a crayon colour from the book – The Day the Crayons Quit!
A little time consuming but it’s definitely worth it. To save time you could create the crayon costume with two pieces of coloured poster paper and stick them together rather than having to paint each colour!
You could also get coloured glittery hats from the cheap shop.
All Aboard! Become Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus
This has to be one of my most favourite shows/books of all time!
Create each of the pictures for her dress with coloured paper and stick to a black dress. An orange wig would also do the trick!
The Wizard of Oz
Pick any of the gorgeous characters from The Wizard of Oz. We love how these teachers from St. Mary’s Primary School each chose a character!
Explore the deep dark wood with a teaching buddy and each dress up as the two main characters from The Gruffalo book.
The Wicked Witch of the West
Ok, so I did mention that just grabbing an old witches hat is a bit of a cop-out for dressing up. But, if you are going to go to the lengths of painting your face green and even creating a broomstick, then it is a totally suitable book week costume option. Oh, and let’s not forget the yellow brick road! Amazing!
One does not simply dress up only one day during Book Week. This is my Book Week parade eve costume I wore today to get my kiddies pumped up for tomorrow. 🖤 @wainwrightholly @andrewdaddo I may have gotten a few funny looks from oncoming traffic as I drove to school like this! 😂@teachstarter @what.the.librarian.wore #bookweekishere #bookweek2017 #escapetoeverywhere #cbca2017 #wizardofoz #yellowbrickroad #wicked #wickedwitchofthewest #illgetyoumypretty #preparade #bookweekparade #bookweekparade2017 #costume #dressup #librarianstyle #librarylife #librarianlife #librarian #librariansrock #librariansofinstagram
Dr. Seuss Inspired Characters
We all love Dr. Seuss! Why not dress up as Thing 1 or Thing 2? Although, you may need to find a partner in crime so you have both Thing 1 and Thing 2. Super easy to re-create.
Then, of course, there’s the famous Cat in the Hat! Some black face paint and a hat made of cardboard with red stripes on it and you are done!
Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” (with Toto)
So, I know we already mentioned characters from Wizard of Oz but, our favourite librarian over at @librarylookbook pulled out the shots again by bringing along the cutest prop ever – Toto!
Again, on her yellow brick road…
Dorothy and Toto. Dorothy costume from @costumecollection. Excellent quality and amazingly quick delivery (only 2 days!). #bookweek2017 #escapetoeverywhere #bookweekparade #bookweekishere #librarianlife #selfie #librariansrock #takeyourdogtowork #paradeday #dorothygale #dorothy #toto #wizardofoz #followtheyellowbrickroad #childrensbookweek #librarian #librariansofinstagram #bookweekishere @teachstarter @what.the.librarian.wore #whatthelibrarianwore
Wally from Where’s Wally?
Another super easy costume to re-create is Wally. Some big black glasses, a red and white striped shirt and you’re done! The dog dressed up is not an essential prop, but super cute!
There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Mozzie
She’s gotta be Aussie…
A big straw hat with a purple bow with some pearls and you’re done. Unless you want to go all out and wear a purple wig!
#BOOKWEEKISHERE: Last year I threw together this Book Week costume at the last minute 👵🏼The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Mozzie. I found a floral apron in the cupboard and added on laminated pictures of all the things that I ended up eating from the book and added some 👓 and a 👒. Easy peasy and a character most kids were familiar with 🤗 (All costumes are 💯% better with dogs involved!)
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
Pull out those old denim overalls we all have stashed away somewhere in the cupboard. Get some pink paper and get crafty by creating a pigs nose and ears!
Each pig then gets some sticks, straw or bricks to build their house! Love it!
The Paper Bag Princess or Thelma the Unicorn
One of my ultimate favourites and very easy to do is becoming the Paper Bag Princess. All you need is some brown paper and string for a belt and you’re done!
Unicorns are all the rage at the moment with kids! Get out everything pink and become Thelma the Unicorn!
Use #teachstarter and #bookweekishere when posting your Book Week costumes on Instagram!