Book Week 2014: Parade Costumes

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Book Week 2014: Parade Costumes

…for students and staff!


Oh Book Week…I have a love/hate relationship with you. It feels like the planning for Book Week starts in April each year and yet when Book Week finally arrives in August I still feel like I am totally unprepared. I posted a few pictures on Instagram which sum up what gets me through Book Week – Panadol and cake! But I really do love Book Week…mostly! A parent came to the library this morning to thank us for yesterdays parade and said that her daughter enjoyed Book Week more than any other week and had been so excited all weekend as they put together her Anne of Green Gables costume. Book Week gives children (and their teachers, teacher librarians and parents) the opportunity to celebrate Australian children’s literature at its very best….and that is surely a fabulous thing to celebrate.

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For those of you who have your parade later in the week and are still madly thinking up costume ideas…here are a few ideas from our parade yesterday. I was the Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen) as the younger girls were all very excited about wearing their Elsa/Frozen costumes, but we had queries as to whether they were really book characters. Well they kind of, sort of are book characters…as ‘Frozen’ is based on ‘The Snow Queen’. There are of course now also ‘Frozen’ movie tie-in books. Of course, one of my most popular ‘costume posts’ still remains my ‘pirate costumes’ post here, and there are plenty of pirate costumes inspired by literary pirates; pirates just seem to be one of those perennially favourite costumes don’t they?! There is also a huge range of Book Week themed costumes here on Costume Box.

Student Dress Up Ideas

The Christmas Angel and Alice Miranda in New York (how gorgeous are these two?). Image used with parental permission.




Katniss Everdeen


PudStar as Elsa last weekend – metre of fabric from Spotlight and her own dress underneath…easy!


There were several Truly Tan characters as this has been a favourite book at school throughout the year. You can read more about these books here. Binoculars and a spy bag are really all that is needed.


Prue Theroux the Cool Librarian.


Audrey, from ‘Audrey of the Outback’.


Main character from ‘The Terrible Suitcase’. Review of this book here. 

The Terrible Suitcase

Other easy peasy costumes are Wild Things or Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ – see more of this party to end all parties here.

Dancing Wild Thing

Dinosaur…list of dinosaur books here and The Wild Thing’s Dinosaur party here. Our tail is from NoaCakes (not sponsored, just love).

The Wild Thing Turns Three

Frida Kahlo. Books about Frida are here and ideas for costume (really just flowers!) here.


And for the staff…

Here is me as the Snow Queen…and second image is with Sheba from Rowan of Rin fame!

Snow Queen IMG_2958

Lego Man!


Mrs Wishy Washy

Mrs Wishy Washy

Our Head of Junior School was ‘The Naughtiest Girl in School’…how lucky am I that my boss participates in Book Week?


 What are you/your child going as for Book Week this year?

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  1. Shannon @ Oh Creative Day on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I’m totally stealing that Katniss idea for Book Week 2015. It will increase my street cred with the Year 5s and 6ers TENFOLD!

    • Megan Daley on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Our Year Six English teacher was Katniss this year and yep…pretty sure that will increase her street cred!!!

  2. Evie on Aug 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Wonderful!!!!!!! Absolutely Splendid! 😀 I wish I had seen the creativity that seamed to explode from the little ones this year, I myself was *sheepish grin* Anne Kirren from the Famous Five, it was fun. Did the little ones have any authors visit?

  3. Hillary on Nov 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Did you send home a permission form or information sheet for parents? If so, are you willing to share it with other teachers? We have one coming up and I was wondering how to send the message home to parents!

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