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Get easy DIY World Book Day and Book Week costumes for teachers. These costumes for adults can be put together quickly (even at the last minute) to celebrate the holiday. You can also wear them for Halloween! Kids love these costumes, so get started now.

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Book Week Costumes for Teachers: Creative DIY Tips and Ideas


  • I focused these adult book character costumes on teacher dress-up ideas for female book characters that you are most likely to teach in the classroom.
  • I also focused on Book Week dress-up ideas for teachers that are more modest in appearance.
  • These book costumes are mostly female characters, along with a few that can be worn by a male or female.
  • Most of these book week teacher costume ideas are from Amazon so you can easily shop.

Storybook Character Costumes for Teachers of Young Children

Eloise at the Plaza

This Eloise costume helps you dress like the mischievous 6-year-old “city child” from Eloise at Plaza. It includes her classic black, white, and pink aesthetic.


This Madeline costume makes it so easy for you to dress as the classic children’s literary character. It includes items that may already be in your closet.

Olivia the Pig

This Olivia the Pig costume is cute and comfortable to wear around young children. They love this charming early readers’ character.

Junie B. Jones

Since Junie B. Jones is a sassy and spunky kindergartener and first grader, her cute ensemble works best for teachers of these grade levels.

Wear the basics or add some extras to look just like the young protagonist.

Anne of Green Gables

“Kindred spirits” will love this Anne of Green Gables costume. Women can dress as the late 1800s imaginative orphan girl in Canada.


This Coraline costume would be especially great to wear on a cold or rainy day on which you are doing outdoor activities.

Fern Arable

This Fern Arable Costume is for fans of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web. It helps you pay homage to the young girl who saved Wilbur the pig, Wilbur, and Wilbur’s wise spider friend, Charlotte, who spun miraculous webs.

Hermione Granger

Calling all wizards! This costume celebrates Harry Potter’s best friend, Hermione Granger.

This female Hogwarts uniform costume is specially curated so that it can be pulled from your closet and/or re-worn in real life.

Kirsten Larson

Turn time back to the pioneer days with this Kirsten Larson (American Girl) costume. It re-creates the nostalgic look of the beloved historical doll and book series.

Samantha Parkington

Turn time back to the Victorian days with this Samantha Parkington (American Girl) costume. It re-creates the feminine look of the beloved historical doll and book series.

Molly McIntire

Teach students about World War II with this Molly McIntire (American Girl) costume. It’s so timelss you just may wear these pieces again.

Nancy Drew

This Nancy Drew costume helps teachers dress conservatively for Book Week.

Just add some investigatory accessories, like a magnifying glass, and start cracking cases with your students.

Book Week Costume Ideas for Teachers of Teens

Holly Golightly

Teachers of older students can create this Breakfast at Tiffany’s look with the iconic black fancy dress costume.

It’s like the outfit worn by Holly Golightly in the movie version of the classic book.

Rory Gilmore

Given the rising popularity of Gilmore Girls with modern teenagers, high school teachers can dress as television’s biggest book lover, Rory Gilmore, with this costume.

It would be great for teaching the classics she loves so much on the show.

More Book Week Costume Ideas for Adults

Get dozens more of the best literary book character costumes for women for Book Week and beyond.

You’ll find more modest female costumes that you can quickly and easily buy or DIY.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the easiest book character to dress up as?

Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid): White T-shirt, black shorts
Waldo (Where’s Waldo?): Red and white striped shirt, beanie, glasses
Harry Potter: Black robe, glasses, wand
Madeline: Blue coat, yellow hat, white collar dress
Paddington Bear: Blue coat, red hat, suitcase
Olivia the Pig: Red dress, pig ears headband
Pippi Longstocking: Long stockings, oversized shirt, braids

What can I wear to Book Week?

For Book Week, dress as popular literary characters, such as Harry Potter, Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, the Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, and Junie B. Jones.

What to wear on World Book Day if you don’t have a costume?

For World Book Day without a costume, consider a character that wears everyday clothes you already one. You can dress as Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley by wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts, a backpack, and sneakers.


These Book Week costumes for teachers will help you spark your students’ passion for literature. The good news is you can do so quickly and easily by taking inspiration from your own closet to begin your transformation. Then, just purchase the remaining components and let your costume come alive.

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