March is National Reading Month, and lots of schools celebrate with an annual Book Character Costume Day. Teachers and kids choose their favorite protagonists (and antagonists!) and dress to the nines to show off their love of reading. These are some of our favorite literary costume ideas for teachers, with tips on how to bring each one to life.
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1. Charlotte and Wilbur
Grab your co-teacher and plan this awesome costume idea. You can make your own cape from scratch like @krishaleanne, or buy this spiderweb poncho and use a fabric marker to add your favorite Charlotte phrase. Don’t forget the pig ears, nose, and tail for Wilbur!
This cute and cuddly book character costume is really easy to pull together. Match a green corduroy jumper with a brown shirt, then don a pair of teddy bear ears, and you’re good to go, just like @jess.and.cece_thefrenchie.
3. Miss Frizzle
Miss Frizzle is easily one of the most popular book character costume ideas for teachers. We adore this version from Ginger & Ivory! You can get everything you need online: space-themed dress, red Miss Frizzle Wig, stuffed lizard, and the finishing touch: a pop up school bus! For more dress ideas, check out our full list!
4. Captain Underpants
5. Laura Ingalls Wilder
Travel back to pioneer times with this complete costume set. It comes in multiple sizes and colors, too.
6. Amelia Bedelia
Here’s another easy book character costume you can put together in a snap, via @cma1291. Add a ruffled bib apron to a black dress, glue some dollar store daisies to a black hat, and bring along your fanciest feather duster.
7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If you’ve got some denim overalls, you’ve got most of what you need for @blushlovepeony‘s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie costume. Make or buy a pair of mouse ears and giant cookie, then paint whiskers and a pink nose on your face (or face mask).
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If you love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll want to give @thebeachclassroom‘s costume idea a try. Buy a green tutu here, then use fabric markers or paint to cover a t-shirt with fruit and other foods. Yum!
9. William Shakespeare
There are plenty of book character costume ideas to steal from Shakespeare, but why not dress as The Bard himself? Grab the costume set here (skull not included—maybe the biology lab can loan you one?).
10. Pippi Longstocking
11. Max from Where The Wild Things Are
12. Sherlock Holmes
Need a good book character costume? Elementary, my dear Watson! You get the coat, hat, bowtie, and magnifying glass with this costume set.
13. Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish is a really popular book character costume for those who love to DIY, like @ctarinstitute. Cut out and attach fabric scrap scales to an aqua t-shirt, then slip on a pretty pastel tutu.
15. Viola Swamp
17. The Man With the Yellow Hat
If you love that famous mischievous monkey Curious George, this is the costume for you! You can buy a full The Man With the Yellow Hat costume set, or just find a fabulous yellow fedora like @averymerryprimary‘s. Grab yourself a Curious George stuffed animal sidekick, and you’re ready to go.
18. One Ring to Rule Them All
Who says your favorite character has to be a person? @bslaz dressed up as The One Ring from The Lord of the Rings, and we’re totally loving it! Here’s a big gold inflatable pool ring; you’ll have to add your own Elvish inscription.
19. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
20. Hester Prynne
The Scarlet Letter A will help your high school students identify this book character costume in a flash. Here’s a bonnet, collar, cuffs, and apron to add to your own black dress. (Thanks for the idea, @sarafloss.)
21. Moaning Myrtle
22. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
23. Mary Poppins
Most kids know Mary Poppins from the popular movies, but she was a book character first! This costume set has everything you need to be practically perfect in every way.
24. The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
25. Camilla Cream
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these 34 Times Teachers Dressed Up for Class and Impressed Us All.
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