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14 Book Week costume ideas that will show reading is your secret power!

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Book Week 2019 is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: a mad dash to finalise what costume your kid will wear!

Obviously the best way to tackle a DIY Book Week costume is to ask your kid which book they'd most like to dress as. What's their current literary flavour of the month? 

If all their ideas fall a little flat, we've rounded up 14 ideas that will go perfectly with this year's theme: Reading Is My Secret Power!

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1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What's a caterpillar's secret power? If it eats enough treats it has the energy to turn into a beautiful butterfly! Not to mention... this is a DIY craft creation that actually looks fun, not traumatising, to put together!

2. Captain Underpants

Not only can he fly, Captain Underpants has Wedgie Power and 100% Cotton Vision ... now that's every kids' kinda hero! With the addition of some (clean) white underpants over your pants and a red cape, it's also a pretty easy outfit to whip up.

3. Thelma the Unicorn

In this much-loved book by Aaron Blabey, Thelma realises you don't need glitz, glitter and glam to be happy ... but you will need it to pull of this fun Book Week look. Find a white wig, unicorn horn headband and some other shiny sequins and voila! You're a unicorn.

Story of the Week: Listen to Thelma The Unicorn here.

4. Inspector Gadget

If your kid already has a trench coat at home, then a simple version of the below shouldnt be hard to put together! Add some cardboard propellers to the top of a hat and some silver go-go-gadget arms to complete the look.

5. Giraffes Can’t Dance

In this book, Gerald realises he doesn't need to dance like everyone else, he can find his own groove. And that's a pretty awesome secret power if you ask us! If you have a giraffe onesie lying around, you're sorted! Alternatively, you could attempt this mum's almost-fail of a giraffe hat.

Story of the Week: Listen to Giraffes Can't Dance here.

6. My Sister Is A Superhero

Well it says "superhero" in the title - so this book by Damon Young is a winner! We haven't seen someone do this as a Book Week costume, but we think it would be a fun one to try. You just need three ponytails poking out through a purle mask and matching cape!

7. So She Did 

Another newbie that hasn't been attempted at Book Week (as far as we've seen), So She Did is based on the real story of May Wirth, Australia's most daring female trick rider. Who wouldn't want to dress like her?!

Story of the Week: Listen to So She Did here!

8. Saved!!! 

This new kids' book by Matildas goalie Lydie Williams makes for a really easy Book Week costume - some soccer shorts and a yellow shirt with some messy hair and some animal friend cutouts and you're golden!

9. The Paperbag Princess

This classic book makes a great concept for Book Week - you just need to find a paper bag that's big enough to fit your little one in (or get crafty with the brown butcher's paper).

For bonus points, you can even DIY your own wonky crown:

10. No One Likes A Fart

Turns out people do like a fart ... especially when it comes to dressing up as one for Book Week! You can either use brown lashings of tulle, or a simple cardboard cutout will do the trick:

11. Madeline

She may be very small, but inside she's tall - and that's where it counts! A navy dress and the wide-brimmed hat makes this an easy (and iconic) Book Week costume.

12. The Rainbow Fish

With an array of cardboards in purples, blues and greens, you'll be able to make all the scales you need to turn your child into the magical (and well-intentioned) Rainbow Fish. You can also attempt some fun 'fishy' hairdos if you're feeling brave ...

13. Tintin 

We love this costume of the brave and adventurous Tintin! A blue jumper, some well-groomed orange hair and a cutout of Scruffy and you're good to go!

14. If still lost for ideas ... go for Harry Potter 😉

If you've ever succumbed to buying Harry Pottery witching robes in the past, Book Week is always a great chance to whip them out for another wear!

Or, follow the lead of this kid and attempt to recreate one of the non-wizard characters ... like Dobby the free elf - sock and all:

Got any more great Book Week costume ideas? We'd love to see what you come up with! Share them with us on Facebook.