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Simple Book Character Day Costume Ideas

February 15, 2022 Sarah Coggins

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!

Book Character Themed Costumes for School


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.

DIY Pinkalicious Book Character Day Costume

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

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.

Photo of Geronimo Stilton paperback book cover next to photo of child in Geronimo costume.


Transform an orange hoodie into a Lorax costume with Karen’s simple tutorial at Desert Chica.

Lorax Costume Idea by Karen at Desert Chica blog

Vicky Violet

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.

Margaret Tiger

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.

Simple Margaret Tiger Costume for Book Character Day

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.

Girl dressed up as Junie B. Jones holding book by the same title.

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.

Wizard hat and 3 Winnie the Witch books.

Mother Gothel

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.

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