Book Week doesn’t have to be a drama – I know easy to say right? On the bright side, there is plenty of time till the wonders of 26th August and the start of Book Week 2017! The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere which I love cos it is super easy to work with whatever your darkling little rug rat is into this year…….I’ve started a few thoughts, just to begin with some tried and true characters….
Can’t go wrong with the classic from Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland…….there are plenty of cool characters to choose from. Bonus mummy points if you actually read it with your lovelies and double bonus points if you can sprout some memorable quotes from this gorgeous text!
Escape to….a fairytale once upon a time….
There are so many fairytales to choose from! Twisted versions are always great to get kids thinking out of the square – you don’t have to go for the standard fare, see what varieties on fairytale themes you can find out there to spark some creative thinking….
Escape….Over the Rainbow
Poor Dorothy – searching for something she already had! Still she had some adventures and met lots of interesting characters! From Dorothy and side-kick Toto, to the Witch, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin-Man – these guys are unmistakable.
Okay, so far I’ve just scraped the surface of the possibilities here. Time to get down to the shop and start dragging out the Book Week costumes – whew, hang on to your knickers folks, it’s about to get costume crazy!
Love, love book week! I have to admit though, when I first found out about this whole annual book/dress-up-your-child challenge I was a tad overwhelmed. (Plus I have a costume shop at my disposal/literal door step!)
It seemed like another big ask of an overwhelmed Mum. (Especially fishing a soggy note out of a school bag on the morning of the first dress up date!). Now some may be critical of my note-reading but to quote a wise woman, “No one got time for that!”. Unless a note is under my nose it is not my highest priority. In my kids school life they have gotten used to Mum forgetting things.
Anyway, my rambling point is, I get it! Yet another costume is a hard ask but it is totally worth helping your child to participate in book week if you can! Books are treasured friends in our household. Raising your child with a love and interest in books is a great asset to them, their whole lives. Some kids have no interest in books for a long time but if you can light that spark you will see some fantastic results!
One of my aims with my blog project is to try and share some of the tips I have picked up all these years of washing, ironing, making, mending and hauling heavy costumes around. I love kids costumes especially, cos you always know when you have it right with kids and when they are happy they just shine! (You also know it until and unless you get it right!)
Now, a look at some costumes and themes easily worked in with different books. Grab a book and costume to match, get settled and have a fun time reading together!
There are heaps of books on Dinosaurs, aimed from toddlers to juniors. An easy Dinosaur costume will keep your child cosy and warm too!
From the Jungle Book to Animalia and Dear Zoo, there are heaps of stories with a variety of jungle animals. The only trouble is picking which animal suit fits best! The rise of the onesie is a great relief for getting Mum out of trouble and a rugged up kid off to school. Points if they wore it to bed after a wash the night before and can legitimately go to school in their jammies!! Woo hoo!!
Cartoon characters and heros
One of the few times we can thank commercialism here! Most movies/tv shows have books associated with them. This can be a great way to get a reluctant reader started. Trying a is book or comic with their current favourite character can really help. Before they know it they are engrossed and you can enjoy that fleeting sound lost during early motherhood………the sound of silence….shhhhh! Don’t ruin the moment, just enjoy……………
Fairy Tale and Nursery Rhyme characters
One of the easiest ways to beat the Book Week costume dilemma is to utilise an age old fairy tale book or nursery rhyme. It was quite a revolution for my kids to realise that Snow White actually had a number of different manifestations and she doesn’t always look like the Walt Disney version. Of course I had to prove this point by producing an actual old-timey book of Snow White but a quick trip to the op shop solved that! Ditto with old favourites like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Wicked Witch etc. A princess with a long wig can be Rapunzel. A full blue dress or anything sparkly and glittery is Cinderella and a black wig is Snow White – you get the drift!
You can always rely on the classics to help you out! There are plenty of versions of classic characters like Alice and who doesn’t want to be a Red Queen? Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and his pirate crew. The classic books have lots of great costumes and every kid should read a classic at least once!
Hopefully these have sparked some ideas for your little one! Let me know if you have any thoughts or costumes you would like to see us try and I’d be glad to give it a go! Whether you start at the bookshelf or at the dress-up box, book week is a great way to engage your child with imaginative play and a love of reading.
I can feel it looming! Book week is coming up fast! August 20th to 26th – week three of next term in fact – that will come before we know it! So knowing how harrowing a school costume can be (if your mob is like mine you find the note crumpled in the school bag at 8.15 am or you get told late the night before), I thought I would start early this year, getting ready for the amazing Book Week requirements.
Main Mummy deed of the week – one (relatively) content and costumed child. Extra points if you read the book that pertains to the costume with your kid!
To that end – I’ve started to match up some popular books with their costume – so the game is they get to take the book and the costume together! Also, I’ve been brainstorming for easy, comfortable costumes for sale and hire.
Every year I love to see what those vibrant imaginations come up with – kids have so much fun bringing their dress-ups to life. You can certainly tell when they like their costume and when they don’t! (They can be hard bargainers!)
Any book featuring a superhero – this is a bit of a contentious category – lots of teachers have sought to discourage or prohibit children from wearing costumes of their favourite superhero. While I have heard and understand the reasoning I really believe it is better to err and let them wear a superhero costume if that is what is going to be the most sensible thing. if you are dealing with a reluctant student it could be the one thing that sparks the interest so that they start to love reading. Sometimes you just need that spark!
Witches and Wizards
Harry Potter books
Quidditch through the Ages
Hogwarts through the Ages
Wickedest Witch in the World
The Worst Witch books
Lord of the Rings
Fairy & Nursery Tales
Red Riding Hood
Puss in Boots
We are All Born Free – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
So, this is just a short look at my obsession for the next couple of weeks……….I’ll be sorting costumes and adding photos as we get ready for one of the most hectic weeks in our costume year! Keep checking back as this site improves and grows along with out little business. Right now, I need to go and collapse for a while – four days of dress-ups for the local band’s show have just come to an end – phew – while the rest of Port Lincoln is getting primed for the big night down at the yacht club, I will be resting my paint stained, needle pricked hands and checking facebook for photos of the crowd – sleep well all and stay warm! 🙂
PS Comment and let me know any ideas for great children’s Book Week costumes – love to hear your thoughts!