It’s that time of year again, when parents put on their creative hats to come up with a costume for the annual school Book Week parade.

Each year across Australia, The CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature.

Generally,  the CBCA Book of the Year winner’s announcement is the third Friday in August, and CBCA Children’s Book Week commences the following day.
Book Week will run from the 19th August to the 26th August this year and the theme is Escape to Everywhere.

If you haven’t started thinking about Book Week costumes yet, now might be the time to grab a little inspiration. Although the theme is Escape to Everywhere, plenty of parents/kids have a book in mind or a costume at home they can fit to a particular book.
Escape to Everywhere can take on many meanings and no matter what theme you choose, all books allow us to escape taking us to places we would never dream of, even it is just for the duration we are reading them.

Tips and Hints

  1. Don’t stress. We are all busy parents so if you have a costume at home you can adapt to a particular book…great!
  2. If you want to get a little more creative but are a little stuck on what to do, head over to pinterest for some great costume ideas.
  3. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. There are a lot of costume shops charging a lot of money for a simple costume but you can do it on the cheap with a little planning.
  4. Use your creative skills. Can you sew or most importantly own a glue gun? I fortunately have sewing skills but a glue gun is just as easy to stick a costume together. Think about other materials you could put together for a costume. A few years back I made a sandwich board style costume out of cardboard when I created a Flat Stanley costume for my son.
  5. Accessorise. Think of book characters that are distinctive by the accessory they carry. We had clothing very similar to Charlie Bucket so I all had to do to make it known who my son was going to be was to create a giant WONKA Bar.  Done…
  6. Re-Use. Two years in a row we used the same dress for different characters. I just had to add a couple of alterations and a new book character was formed. From Olivia the Pig to Veruca Salt.