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Book Week is approaching. Are you struggling for costume ideas for the kids? We’ve got you covered.

Like Christmas for booklovers … It’s Book Week time again! Or is the looming idea of having to help with your kids’ costumes filling you with dread? Fear not! We’re here to help.

‘Find your treasure’ is the theme of this year’s CBCA book week. We love treasure! What’s not to love about the idea of unearthing an ancient chest overflowing with gold doubloons, rubies, jewel-encrusted crowns or emerald rings? I mean, unlikely but still it’s a nice idea.

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But there are other kinds of treasure, too.
Stories can be a kind of treasure, especially when they’re shared. Reading to your kids at bedtime and getting to pick an old favourite, or maybe you’ve found a new story you’ll experience for the first time together. Surely, it’s a precious moment knowing you’re helping to create fond moments they will look back on.

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Okay, is this getting too cheesy? Time for costume ideas!

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From Lucy's Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

What you need:

  • Blue coat
  • Grey skirt 
  • Stripey socks
  • Scarf?
  • An insatiable appetite for books ??


From the Mr. Panda series by Steve Antony

What you need:

  • Black top
  • Black pants
  • Cardboard (black, white, and colourful)
  • Headband
  • Safety pins and elastic
  • Scissors and stapler
  • Your best Panda attitude


From Hark, It's Me, Ruby Lee by Lisa Shanahan and Binny

What you need:

  • White collared shirt?
  • Blue tunic dress?
  • Red ribbon
  • Plastic leaves
  • An adventurous spirit


From Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

What you need:

  • An umbrella
  • A black dress and dark shoes 
  • (optional) A tunic or cloak
  • A Wundrous Society golden ‘W’
  • A sense of curiosity or a ‘knack’ for something

Now get creating and good luck finding your treasure! And we’d love for you to tag us in your photos @hcboz.

Andrew Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair

Marketing and Publicity Coordinator in the colourful world of kids and YA books at Hachette Australia. I’m still trying to find a way to live inside picture book illustrations. I like robots (the ones that don’t decide human life is expendable), thinking about the outer solar system, rainy days at home, reading on the bus and cooked breakfasts with tea that is appropriately hot. Jessica Townsend once called me a scholar and a prince.

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