Book Week Costume Ideas for Teachers


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!

Taking you on a journey out of this world 🚀✨ #MagicSchoolBus #BookWeekIsHere

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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!

The Gruffalo

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 totally suitable book week costume option. Oh, and let’s not forget the yellow brick road! Amazing!

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…

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!

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!

Year 2 Book Week 2017. 🐷🐷🐷🐺 @teachstarter #bookweekishere

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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!


Comments & feedback

  • Terri Cussadia

    Any ideas for a (very) heavily pregnant teacher?? 🙂

    Comment by Terri Cussadia on July 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Oh goodness, Terri. I just did a quick search on Pinterest and few cool ideas came up. Would love to hear what you decide to go as – perhaps we can include your photo in our blog for ideas for pregnant teachers? Good-luck!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on July 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

    • Caitlin McDonald

      Terri, I’m in the same boat and going down the “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a….” Goodluck!

      Comment by Caitlin McDonald on July 22, 2018 at 10:59 pm

  • Liz Williams

    I was pregnant last year and went as ‘The old lady who swallowed a fly’ I just attached a few of the animal pictures to my belly.

    Comment by Liz Williams on July 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hey Liz, that’s a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing…

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on July 23, 2018 at 10:09 am

  • Catherine Pitt

    I’m in the same boat! Have though of being the green egg from Green Eggs and Ham (yolk is my belly), Humpty Dumpty on his wall, and treasure themed idea is to make the belly the treasure – maybe an x marking the spot on the map or “treasure here” pointed to belly with treasure chest surround…. decisions, decisions!

    Comment by Catherine Pitt on July 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Love your ideas, Catherine! Thanks for sharing…

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on July 25, 2018 at 7:40 am

  • Terri Cussadia

    All great ideas, thank you!!!

    Comment by Terri Cussadia on August 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      You’re most welcome Terri!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on August 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

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