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10 April 2024 | Posted in:  Book Week |

Reading Is Magic 2024 Book Week Costume Ideas

A Complete Guide to Book Week 2024

Can you feel the magic in the air?


The much-anticipated moment has arrived! The Children’s Book Council of Australia has made the grand revelation for the 2024 Book Week theme!


And the theme? Get your wands ready...



Explore our vast collection of Book Week costumes HERE.


Year after year, this announcement sparks the question: what should the children wear for Book Week 2024?


Fear not, for we are ready to investigate the theme thoroughly, explore some inspiring books, and showcase a magical array of costumes to spark your imagination for Book Week 2024!


Time to dive in…


Step Into the Wizarding World with Harry Potter Book Week Outfits

It’s time to cast a spell on book week and there’s no one better to do that than the one and only Harry Potter!

With the sound of swishing cloaks on Platform 9¾, and the whisper of wands conjuring magic in the halls of Hogwarts – the world of Harry Potter offers an infinite range of costume ideas for book week.

From the houses of Hogwarts to the dark corners of Azkaban, the choices amongst our Harry Potter costumes are as varied as they are magical. You can transform into Harry himself, or go to Book Week as his trusty sidekick in a Hermione Granger costume. Take on the persona of the eccentric Luna, in a Luna Lovegood costume, or wear your favourite Hogwarts uniform in our incredible Harry Potter robes, you have so many magical options, we don’t know how you’ll ever choose!

Image of the front covers of all Harry Potter Books written by JK Rowling.

Harry Potter Character Costume Ideas: Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Professor Snape, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Ginny Weasley, Hagrid, Dobby, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Tonks, George Weasley, Fred Weasley, Moaning Myrtle, Lord Voldemort, Lucious Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Newt Scamander, Grindlewald.

Image of kids wearing different Harry Potter Character Book Week Costumes



Celebrate Book Week with a Splash of Roald Dahl’s Magic

Step into Willy Wonka’s world of pure imagination, or harness the magical might of Matilda with telekinesis at your fingertips. Snuggle under the blanket of the Big Friendly Giant’s dreamy escapades, or swoop into the moonlit revelry alongside the cunning Mr. Fox.

Roald Dahl’s heroes and heroines stand as testaments to the power of imagination, making them impeccable choices for those looking to bring a spark of magic to their 2024 Book Week parade.

Image of Roald Dahl's most popular book covers.

Roald Dahl Book Week Characters: The BFG, Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, Willy Wonka, Charlie, Augustus, Veruca, Violet, Oompa Loompas, Mr. Fox, Mrs Twit, Mr Twit, The Grand High Witch, Enormous Crocodile, Gizmo.

 Image of kids wearing different Roald Dahl Book Week costumes.



Create Your Own Fairytale: Storybook Costumes for a Magical Book Week

Once upon a time, in a faraway land… You remember how it goes, don’t you? Let’s check out some fairytale and storybook costumes!

One place you’ll always find magic on the pages? Fairytales! Step into the enchanting world of everyone’s favourite fairytales with our magical collection of storybook costumes, perfect for making Book Week 2024 truly spellbinding. Dress in a Little Red Riding Hood costume, complete with trademark red cape, ready to skip merrily along to grandma’s house. Or perhaps you’d prefer to don a Mary Poppins costume, umbrella in hand, all set to fly into a world of wonder. For those dreaming of royalty and romance, our Princess Bride dress is a gown fit for any aspiring monarch, its fabric whispering tales of bygone adventures. Follow the yellow brick road in a classic Dorothy costume from the Wizard of Oz, and watch as a world of wonder unfolds under your ruby slippers. With Fairytale Costumes, everyone can be the hero of their own story during Book Week, creating memories that will last long after the last page has been turned.

Image of popular story book and fairy tale book covers

Fairytale and Storybook Character Costumes: Little Red Riding Hood, Granny, The Big Bad Wolf, Hansel, Gretel, Jack, The Giant, Puss, Mary Poppins, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Westley, Hungry Caterpillar, Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Oliver Twist, Aslan, Mr Tumnus, The White Witch, Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, The Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda, Gruffalo, Hungry Caterpillar, Giving Tree, Grandma Poss.

Image of kids wearing different fairytale and story book costumes.



Straight from Who-Ville Easy Book Week Costumes By Dr Seuss

Amidst the spellbinding clamour of Book Week, the whimsical allure of Dr. Seuss’s fantastical universe takes centre stage. The unmistakable Cat in the Hat Costume, with its bold striped top hat towering high and a mischievous red bow tie, serves as a beacon of literary magic. Chaos and fun ensue as twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, with their tufts of electric blue hair and iconic red jumpsuits. Radiant shades of orange and an iconic bushy moustache capture the vibrant charm and essence of the beloved guardian of the Truffula Trees in a Lorax costume. Creeping alongside is the Grinch Costume, embodying the grumpy yet heart warming resident of wintery Whoville, reminding everyone of the true essence of Dr Seuss’s genius.

Image of Dr. Seuss's most popular book covers for Book Week

Dr Seuss Book Week Dress Up Ideas: The Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Horton, Mr Knox, Mr Fox, The Lorax, Sam-I-Am, Sneetches.

 Image of kids wearing different Dr. Seuss costumes.



Find the Fun: Enchanting Where’s Wally Costumes for Book Week

Amongst a sea of costumes, the iconic red and white stripes of Where’s Wally costumes stand out like no other at a book week parade. Tiny detectives in their Wally attire scamper about, while counterparts in Odlaw costumes, with mischief written all over their faces, scheme playful pranks. Not forgetting the bright-eyed Wendas wandering amidst them, each embodying the spirit of the magical adventure that Book Week creates every year.

Image of Where's Wally? Most popular book covers.

Where’s Wally? Book Week Characters: Wally (Waldo), Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Woof, Wenda, Wilma.

 Image of kids wearing different Where's Wally? Book Week costumes.



Bring Your Favourite Stories to Life with Disney Costumes for Book Week

Step into the pages of timeless tales with our enchanting Disney costumes, meticulously designed to transform Book Week 2024 into an experience unlike any other. Imagine donning the vibrant hues of a meticulously crafted Alice in Wonderland costume, or the ice-blue fabric of Elsa’s dress, each stitch whispering stories of adventure and wonder. With the kaleidoscope of characters from classic stories to the modern epics, our range includes the maddest Mad Hatter costume, the most bewitching Maleficent costume, and the bravest Buzz Lightyear outfit, perfectly tailored for heroes and heroines of all ages. Your little ones can twirl in a Disney Princess Belle costume, or find adventure in a Snow White costume, while every intricate detail beckons them into a magical world where their favourite stories come to life. The vibrant colours and intricate costumes are not just for Book Week—they’re a passport to a world of dreams anytime you crave a sprinkle of Disney magic.

Image of popular Disney themed book covers. 

Disney’s Best Book Week Ideas: Cinderella, Snow White, The Evil Queen, Aladdin, Genie, Jasmine, Jafar, Aurora, Maleficent, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Tiana, Belle, The Beast, Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Cruella, 101 Dalmatians, Ariel, Ursula, Alice, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jesse, Rex, Mr Potato Head, Zurg, Forky, Mirabel Madrigal, Isabela Madrigal, Bruno Madrigal, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Mike Wazowski, Boo, Sully, Dumbo, Asha, Merida, Raya, Wizard Mickey, Mr Incredible, Mrs Incredible, Baby Jack, Mulan, Moana, Maui, Lightning McQueen.

Image of kids wearing different Disney character costumes. 



Villains or Heroes? Dress to Impress This Book Week

This Book Week, soar through the school gates in a gleaming superhero costume, or saunter around the schoolyard in a villainous look. Whether you find your allegiance with the caped crusader wearing an iconic Batman costume, or you're drawn to the vivid reds and blues of a Spiderman costume, the choice to stand out is yours. Unleash your inner Amazonian goddess with a Wonder Woman costume that weaves tales of bravery and grace, or step into the mischievously twisted shoes of Dr Quinzel, in a Harley Quinn costume, where chaos is sure to ensue. And for those who appreciate the complex allure of the dark side, why not portray the enigmatic mastermind in a Joker costume? Heroes or villains, make no mistake—the statement you make when you ‘dress to impress’ this Book Week will be nothing short of legendary.

 Image of popular superhero and villain book covers.

Heroes and Villains Book Week Outfits: Superman, Batman, Robin, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Iron Man, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Panther, The Hulk, Ant-Man, Wonder Woman, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Star Lord, The Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Black Widow, SHAZAM!, Bat Girl, Gwen Stacy, Aquaman, Nebula, Taskmaster, The Joker, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Ridder, Thanos.

 Image of kids wearing different superhero and villain costumes for Book Week.



Lights, Camera, Book Week! Your Favourite Characters from TV and Film

Think of a place where imagination knows no bounds, and your most beloved characters from the screen are brought to life for Book Week 2024. A vibrant burst of yellow highlights a troop of gleeful kids wearing Minion costumes. The striking silhouette of an iconic black dress and braids transform the spookiest girl in a Wednesday Addams costume. Bedazzled and ready to take on the world, Barbie stands out in bright pink. The force is strong with kids clad in Star Wars costumes. Warrior spirit is unleashed with a bandana-clad Ninja Turtle costumes, and kids are morphing into action with a vibrant crusade of Power Rangers costumes. The Wiggles don their skivvies, ready to sing and dance their way into a cascade of colour and laughter. A world where your favourite TV and film characters come to star at the Book Week parade is just a click away!

Image of popular TV and Movie character book covers.

 Movie and TV Characters Book Week Outfits: Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Kylo Ren, Jyn Erso, Red Power Ranger, Yellow Power Ranger, Pink Power Ranger, Blue Power Ranger, Dino Fury Power Ranger, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Scooby Doo, Daphne, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Michaelangeo, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Red Wiggle, Yellow Wiggle, Purple Wiggle, Blue Wiggle, Emma Wiggle, The Descendants, Shrek, Fiona, The Rugrats, SpongeBob Squarepants, Minions, Gru, Morticia Addams, Gomez Addams, Uncle Fester, Wednesday Addams, Pugsley Addams, Enid Sinclair, PJ Masks, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Paw Patrol, Bluey, Cobra Kai, Barbie, Emma Memma, He-Man, Gabby’s Dollhouse, Peppa Pig.

 Image of kids wearing different tv and movie character costumes.



Level Up Your Wardrobe with Epic Gaming Costumes for Book Week

Unleash your inner gamer and level up your wardrobe with our jaw-dropping gaming costumes that are perfect for a magical Book Week! Transport yourself into a gamers paradise as the iconic red, green and blue hues of Mario and Luigi costumes stand tall. Daydream of castle-laden skies in the Mushroom Kingdom wearing a Princess Peach costume. Zip through the Book Week crowds as Sonic, a blur of electrifying blue. Or perhaps you’d prefer to step into the carefully constructed, pixel-perfect realm of Minecraft. For the trainers among us, Pokemon costumes await to set you off on a quest to be the very best. This Book Week, don’t just go for any costume, get adventurous and dress as your favourite gaming character for the day.

Image of popular gaming character book covers.

Gaming World Book Week Costumes: Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Princess Peach, Rosalina, Wario, Raccoon Mario, Yoshi, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Minecraft Steve, Minecraft Zombie, Minecraft Alex, Diamond Armour, Minecraft Creeper, Snorlax, Pikachu, Eevee, Pokeball, Psyduck, Red Spartan, Blue Spartan, Master Chief, Locke, Zelda, Link, Brite Bomber, Black Knight.

Image of kids wearing different gaming themed costumes.



From Folklore to Fantasy Book Week Costumes for Teachers and Kids

From the twirl of a princess dress that echoes tales of yore to the clank of knightly armour ready for a valiant quest, the school corridors can become a world of wonder during Book Week. Kids, with scales and tails, transform wearing dragon costumes. Majestic mermaid costumes bring underwater realms to life. Unicorn costumes take centre stage with colourful manes glistening in the sun. While intrepid, young explorers ventured forth in alien costumes. The air is rich with magic as witches’ brew potions and vampires emerge from the shadows, while Medusa’s snaking locks stand as a testament to the petrifying power of epic storytelling. With folklore and fantasy, the spirit of book week, and the Reading is Magic theme, is definitely alive.

Image of popular folklore and fantasy book covers for book week.

Fun Book Week Outfit Ideas: King Arthur, Lancelot, Lady Guinevere, Merlin, Princess, Queen, King, Knight, Dragon, Unicorn, Mermaid, Alien, Medusa, Gods, Goddesses, Gnome, Percy Jackson, Grover, Poseidon, Abominable Snow Man, Vampire, Witch, Werewolf.


 Image of kids wearing different myths and legends costumes.


From The Wild West to The High Seas Create Your Own Magic for Book Week

Step into the pages of riveting tales and bygone eras this Book Week, as you adorn adventurous and historical costumes. Imagine setting sail on the high seas wearing a swashbuckling pirate costume. Move through the shadows with stealth and precision in a ninja costume. Or perhaps, embody the rugged spirit of the Wild West, where cowgirl and cowboy costumes reign. Evoke the grandeur of ancient Egypt in a Cleopatra costume, your regal presence harking back to the golden age of pharaohs and pyramids and powerful queens. And for those who yearn for the robust roars of battle, a Viking costume offers a window into the saga of fierce warriors and epic voyages. Each costume is not just a mere outfit, but a time machine that enlivens historical personas and adventurous souls from the rich tapestry of literature.

Image of popular historical and adventure book covers.

Simple Costumes for Book Week: Pirate, Ninja, Cowboy, Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Caesar, Gladiator, Spartan, Pharaoh, Wolf Girl, Viking, Roman Warrior.

 Image of kids wearing different historical and adventure themed costumes.



Book Week Costumes and The Magic of The Animal Kingdom

In a world where the pages of beloved stories come to life, young imaginations soar as magical animal costumes take centre stage for Book Week. The vibrant spots of a ladybug costume, complete with delicate wings. A dog costume, its soft ears perking up with every turn of the page, alongside the sleek and mischievous black cat costume, whiskers twitching with playful curiosity. Dinosaur costumes roar from the back of the classroom, while shark costumes glide through deep blue hallways, their fins cutting through the laughter and excitement of the Book Week parade. Majestic lions showcase their regal manes, and those in wolf costumes howl through recess. Magic animal costumes will turn Book Week into an unforgettable adventure through jungles, oceans, and beyond.

Image of popular animal themed book covers for Book Week.

Easy Book Week Ideas: Wolf, Flamingo, Ladybug, Zebra, Cow, Octopus, Monkey, Sloth, Bat, Shark, Reindeer, Kangaroo, Lamb, Lion, Tiger, Bear, Koala, Pig, Elephant, Butterfly, Rabbit, Cat, Leopard, Giraffe, Dog, Hippopotamus, Mouse, Panda Bear, Dinosaur, Chicken, Penguin, Seahorse, Octopus, Flamingo, Llama.

 Image of kids wearing different animal costumes for book week.



Magic in the Making Occupation Costumes for Book Week

Within the hallowed halls of imagination, a thrilling Book Week awaits, inspiring awe in the eyes of young readers as they don costumes that capture the essence of the future. Watch as tiny figures of authority walk the school corridors in police costumes, badges glistening with the promise of justice and order. Beside them, young explorers in astronaut costumes dream of touching the stars. Their white spaceman suits a blank canvas for the universe’s mysteries. Amidst them, future healers adorned in nurse costumes and children’s doctor outfits offer care with hopeful hands. Future heroes in fireman costumes, vibrant red hues igniting a spark of bravery in their young hearts. During Book Week, when magic is truly in the making, these occupation costumes are not just fabric and thread, they are the dreams of the next generation taking flight in a parade of potential and wonder.

 Image of popular occupation themed book covers.

2024 Book Week Costume Ideas: Firefighter, Police Officer, Army Officer, Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor, Nurse, Surgeon, Sailor, Zoo Keeper, Construction Worker, Pilot, Vet, Football Player, Soccer Player, Chef, Mechanic, Gymnast.

 Kids wearing different occupation themed book week costumes.



Why Heaven Costumes is Your Ultimate Book Week Destination

As the final chapter of our Book Week 2024 blog post draws to a close, we find ourselves enchanted by the prospect of bringing magical stories to life with costumes for teachers and kids alike. Heaven Costumes stands proudly as your ultimate destination for the magical celebration that is Book Week, where reading paints vivid landscapes of wonder and joy every year. With a treasure trove brimming with vibrant costumes that capture the essence of beloved characters, our collection promises to turn the page on your Book Week experience, making it a tale to remember.

In the spirit of 2024’s ‘Reading is Magic’ theme, step into a world where each costume is a gateway to adventure, an invitation to explore boundless imagination, and a reflection of the spellbinding power of words.

Make Heaven Costumes your companion in this literary sorcery, and together, let’s make this Book Week a mesmerising story etched in the hearts of all who partake.

Until next year…