May 18, 2012

Book Week 2012 - Champions Read

Kids Book Week Costumes and Ideas for BookWeek

Book Week 2012 - Champions Read

This time of year creeps up on us all, so Costume Box have come up with some great costume ideas based on the book shortlist recommended for this years Book Week theme "Champions Read" and some survival tips.

Book Week Survival Tips:

1. Read the suggested shortlist of books. It's not only educational, but also gives more options for your child's book week costume and more insight as to what characters the other children at school are dressed up as for book week.
2. Be different. Try to choose something original for your book week costume and use your imagination. 
3. Be organised. Read the shortlisted books with your child or children and organise what they want to go as early and order the costumes. During book week we do sell out fast, so order early to ensure that your child has the costume they want & have plenty of time up your sleeve incase you need a size change. 
4. Have a back up plan. Discuss with your child or children an alternative if you cannot get the costume they first want, this will save some tears if you cannot get their first choice and will also relieve stress on the parents. 
5. Enjoy.

The Golden Door - By Emily Rodda

The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall?

Costume Box Costume Suggestions: The Dragon


The Last Viking - By Norman Jorgensen, ill by James Foley

In this delightful story of a small boy and his dog, imagination and myth integrate neatly with reality to create a picture book that will entice the reader to engage in a range of discussions including bullying, new siblings, courage and the power of myth and story.

Costume Box costume suggestions:  

Templar Knight Child Costume:     

Knights of the Round Table.
An iconic medieval soldier outfit, great for a theme party or dress up fun. Comes with a white tunic with black sleeves, a hood, and belt.
Item Includes:
  • Tunic with sleeves.
  • Hood.
  • Head tie.
  • Belt

Look, a book! - By Freyda Blackwood & Libby Gleeson

Look, A Book! is the latest collaboration from Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. Set in an underprivileged society, two children discover a book lying in the dust. Dreary surrounds become magical scenes of wonder, as the children’s imagination transforms their reality. On their journey, they sail through dust, float in a teacup and ride atop a plastic bottle. The minimal text set among the whimsical illustrations teaches younger readers about the magic of imagination that can stem from reading a book.

Costume Box costume suggestions: 

Elephant Childs Costume -  Elephants are symbols of wisdom in Asian cultures, and are famed for their memory and high intelligence!
  • Soft lightweight grey material with pink sections for the abdomen, inner ears and end of trunk
  • Hood comprises head with full face including trunk and ears
  • Cushioned grey elephant feet attached to wrists and ankles for a more authentic look
  • Full zipper at front for easy accessibility
Come down, cat! - By Sonya Hartnett

The day is ending, night is falling, and Nicholas's cat won't come down. High on the roof she licks her paws while Nicholas worries about her up there all alone. How does he coax her into the safe, warm house? She doesn't even want to come down from the roof... or does she? 

Costume Box costume suggestions: 

  • Lovely, soft, off-white Siamese cat full body costume made from deluxe, semi-plush material
  • Hood consists of full Siamese cat head with brown face and striking blue eyes
  • Elasticated wrists and ankles with brown cushioned cat paws attached
  • Full zip up front for easy access
No time for a cat nap.

This Kitty has the life, playing with yarn, lying in the sun, cuddling up on your lap! A great outfit for Halloween, play time, or a pageant. The one-piece jumpsuit has a tail attached to it, and comes with a collar and headband with cat ears too.
Item Includes:
  • Jumpsuit with tail.
  • Collar.
  • Headband with ears.
Costume Box Book Week Favourites:

Alice in wonderland: Don't be late for a very important date.
This Alice girls costume is a sell out every year. Check out the rest of the selection of Alice and Alice in Wonderland inspired costumes at

Snow White Platinum CostumeThe fairest in the land.

Your child will be a page right from the story book in this costume from Disney.
This Snow White Platinum costume is a luxurious satin and velour ball gown with sequin and rose detail, detachable cape, and bow headband.

Perfect for anyone from the house of GryffindorWorn by Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron 
  • Includes black ankle length robe with attached hood, burgundy accents, front close clasp and an embroidered Gryffindor Crest patch on the front.
  • Made of thick, cozy,  micro-fleece type fabric

Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Wicked witch of the West  & the Tin Man are available at