Book Week 2020 Costume Ideas – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

Book Week costume ideas that will inspire creative, fun, and imaginative dress-ups for the 2020 CBCA Book Week Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds!

CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Book Week 2020 might look a bit different this year because of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean your child can’t still have a fun day of dress-ups! Regardless of whether you’re in home isolation with your children, your school is celebrating a little early, or things are rolling ahead as normal on the amended date of the 17th to the 23rd of October, these costume ideas are sure to inspire your little ones. I am absolutely loving this year’s theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds! What kid isn’t already curious and wild?!

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Book Week allows kids – and parents alike – to slip into the magic of books, imagination, and the creative process of bringing fictional characters to life. I’m constantly blown away with the evolution of Book Week costume ideas, which seem to get more inventive and impressive with each passing year. Over the years my community has shared HEAPS of their ingenious Book Week Costumer ideas with me, and it’s my absolute pleasure to now inspire you with some of their clever creations.


For loads more inspiration:

Shared by Kath E – Little Golden Book Princess, specifically the book The 12 Dancing Princesses! All recycled from Reverse Garbage and op shops!

Little Golden Book Princess Book Week Costume

Shared by Vanessa B – The Grinch.

DIY The Grinch Book Week 2019 Costume Idea

Shared by Jess B – Captain Jack Sparrow and Little Miss Magic.

Captain Jack Sparrow and Little Miss Magic Book Week Costume Ideas

Shared by Caroline G – The Secret Unicorn.

The Secret Unicorn Adorable Book Week Costume

Shared by Bianca T – Only purchased that hat and wig for ‘Room on the Broom’. The rest was either handmade or already in the cupboard.

Room on the Broom and Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Book Week 2019 Costume Ideas

Shared by Kate K – Grey from ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.

Grey from 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Book Week Costume Idea 2019

Shared by Leonie C – “These Things will not bite you. They want to have fun.” Then, out of the box Came Thing Two and Thing One! – Dr Seuss.

Dr Seuss Thing Book Week Costume Idea for 2019

Shared by Natalie C – Old MacDonald Heard A Fart.

Old MacDonald Heard A Fart Book Week Costume 2019

Shared by Jodie T – Pirate from Peter Pan and Wilbur the pig from Charlotte’s Web.

Peter Pan and Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web Book Week Costume Ideas

Shared by Aimee P – Had to try and keep him warm…it was 8 degrees in NZ today! Brr!

Lorax costume idea for Book Week 2019

Shared by Melissa S – Speedy from a Hot Wheels book. Mr 5 was rather pleased with it, can you tell?

Car outfit for Book Week 2019 Costume - Hot Wheels

Shared by Sophie M – ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ and ‘The Creativity Crayon’.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea and The Creativity Crayon Book Week Costume Ideas

Shared by Alicia L – Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Book Week outfit idea

Shared by Penny P – Gumnut Blossom Babies and Billionaire Boy (with ‘hand drawn hair’). Continuing a second generation tradition of Yr1 book parade May Gibbs connection. 34yrs later!

May Gibbs Gumnut Blossom Babies and Billionaire Boy Book Week Costume Ideas

Shared by Wanda A – Pippi Longstocking.

Pippi Longstocking Book Week Costume Idea for 2019

Shared by Kellianne S – Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland Costume for Book Week 2019

Shared by Rowena B – White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, and the Queen of Hearts.

White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, and the Queen of Hearts Costume Ideas for Book Week 2019

Shared by Kylie G – Only one child left at primary school and only 2 book weeks left! I really enjoy making the kids costumes each year! We have quite a collection for the future grandkids.

Flinstone Costume idea for Book Week 2019

Shared by Belinda J – The Princess In Black.

The Princess In Black Costume for Book Week 2019

Shared by Belinda M – Miss almost 12 put it together herself, her bestie went as the Cowardly Lion.

The scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion costume Book Week 2019

A Few More Ideas To Inspire You!

I had a little hunt around the internet to see what other Book Week costumes (in addition to the fabulous ones you all shared with me above) that I could find. My goodness there are some creative parents out there!

Image source: Bebe a la mode designs

Image source: Made By Toya

Image source: Imgur

Image source: Mermagblog

Image source: Fairy Dust Teaching

Image source: Keep Calm Get Organised

Image source: La Maison De Loulou

Image source: Institute Of Mums

Image source: Pinterest 

What is your child dressing up as this year?

If you find some inspiration here, I would love to see photos! Please share pics of your child’s Book Week 2012 costume by tagging me on Instagram @theorganisedhousewife or emailing me at [email protected].

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Creative and fun book week costumes

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