Inspiration heading into Book Week

By Claire de Franck, Editor 19 Oct 2020


“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark”

Victor Hugo

Book Week is here and this year’s theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. It’s always a great opportunity to get kids involved in reading and exploring the wonderful world of books!


Children’s Book Week Story Time – Tuesday 20 October

Visit South Perth Library and listen to some great stories, participate in some fun activities and dress up to celebrate the adventure of reading.

Choose from two sessions: 4pm-5pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm. Register here

Children’s Book Week Story Time – Wednesday 21 October

Head along to Manning Library and listen to selected shortlisted stories for Book Week. Why not dress up in your favourite book week outfit too! Register here

Make your own Curious Creature

Create your own creature from recycled items and take it along to the Cambridge Library for a visit during Book Week!

Get creative with your book week costumes!

Whether you make it or buy it here is our top ten list of book week costumes (some easier to make than others!) to really bring their favourite book and character to life!

  • Hermione Granger or Harry Potter – all you need is a Hogwarts cloak or tie (available from the likes of Big W) ; a wand and ideally a cuddly cat toy to stand in for Crookshanks or owl for Hedwig
  • Where’s Wally – a red and white striped top, jeans and black glasses means you will be easily spotted in this costume
  • Willy Wonka – a sparkly top hat, purple top and a basket of sweets will make this costume sweet!
  • The Cat in the Hat – paint some whiskers on, grab a red bow tie and hat and an black t-shirt and you’ll be the cats pyjamas
  • Thelma the Unicorn – easy grab a unicorn headband and some pink leggings and top
  • Alice in Wonderland or Beauty and the Beast – a party dress and white apron with basket
  • Mary Poppins – a white top and blue skirt with a red belt, an umbrella and a black hat
  • The Hungry Caterpillar – some coloured cardboard cut  into discs for the body and head, tied together with string or glue
  • Paddington Bear – A red hat, blue coat (ideally a duffle coat) and a toy suitcase, perhaps with a marmalade sandwich thrown in!
  • Little People, Big Dreams books are a great source of inspiration as well

Other Creative ideas for Book Week

  • Encourage your child to write their own stories
  • Set up a cosy reading nook in their bedroom
  • Get them to draw their favourite characters
  • Ask them to write a book review of their favourite book
  • Create your own curious creatures together

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