In need of a Book Character Day costume for Read Across America week? We have a put together a list of simple costumes to DIY. Just pick a favorite, check out the tutorial, and create your own character style. The hardest part will be choosing just one!
If your child loves pink and has quite a few articles of clothing in that color, creating a costume for Pinkalicious is as easy as heading to the closet. Add a sparkly crown and fun wand for the final touch.
Go Dog Go
Kids in preschool and early elementary will recognize the racer that headlines Go Dog Go! by Dr. Seuss. Lindsey shared her tutorial for a super simple no sew way to make this costume yourself.
Geronimo Stilton stars in popular chapter books and graphic novels. I’d never heard of them until our son had to choose a book for a presentation in second grade and had to dress as one of the characters. Thankfully, although he’s a mouse, Geronimo wears clothes. I’ve always found characters with typical human clothing to be so much easier to DIY and this one starts with items that may already be in your child’s closet. Find our tips for pulling off this book character costume here.
Transform an orange hoodie into a Lorax costume with Karen’s simple tutorial at Desert Chica.
If your child’s school uses Letterland to teach the alphabet and reading basics, she will definitely recognize Vicky Violet! Put together your own purple outfit and flowery headband with a few simple steps follow our tutorial.
Daniel Tiger’s little sister is a great choice for fans of the show and books. Creating her outfit is simple to do with just a few basic pieces of clothing. Follow our no sew step by step tutorial to make her ears to complete the look.
Cat in the Hat
Book Character Day is typically celebrated as part of Read Across America and Dr Seuss’s birthday which makes the Cat in the Hat a natural choice. Creating this costume is super easy and takes no sewing thanks to this tutorial from Karen at Desert Chica.
A number of books feature cows including Dr. Suess’s Cows Can Moo! Can You? and the Click Clack book series by Doreen Cronin. If you’re like us and already dress up for Cow Appreciation Day each July, chances are you already own items perfect for making a cow costume for your child.
Junie B. Jones
A very popular choice for young readers and an easy one to recreate with a few pieces of clothing – Junie B. Jones.
Winnie the Witch
We have a collection of Winnie books and her outfit is fairly simply making her a fun & easy character to dress up as. Simply pair a long blue dress with purple cardigan and blue wizard’s hat. Add a plush black cat as Wilbur for extra fun.
Even Disney Villains have their spot in Book Character Day! See how we easily put together this fun costume here.
Narwhal and Jelly
This dynamic undersea duo is fun and easy to recreate. Make your own jellyfish costume with a few basic items.