For our final portion of children’s picture book costumes, I bring some rather obscure, bizarre, ridiculously easy, and just plain comical ideas. I really had way too much fun with this. (Don’t miss Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) These are all less character ideas and more “be the book,” “be part of the book,” “be something mentioned in the book….” Just have some fun!
Exclamation Point costume from Exclamation Point by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld
This probably shouldn’t even count as a costume idea, but I love it! How simple, clever and question-inducing would this be. The supplies are simple and could be thrown together so quickly. It is as light and fun as the book itself.
Press Here costume from Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Another “be the book” kind of costume. This is almost even more simple than the first. I think the key here is to have some fun with it if anyone does “press here.” The book has all sorts of fun things and audience participation with its directions so what creativity to be had!
The Coconut Tree costume from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
A bit more involved, I’ve gone back and forth on this one and how to pull it off. My vision, if you care, would be to dress in all brown and then attach paper (or fabric) leaves, coconuts, and a few letters around yourself. Go all out and perhaps make it so the letters and coconuts could fall off when you tip or shake. Would be an excellent candy-requesting trick!
Fantastic hats costume from Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Alright, here is where I am expecting to see some awesome creativity. Get those scissors and colored paper and crafting skills out and go to town making these awesome hats. Brian Won’s illustrated hats are so fantastic, just imagine the incredible amounts of fun in not only making them, but wearing them. You can even give them away if needed and cheer somebody’s day. And extra bonus points from me for sure if you not only make the hat tower but also pair it with an animal costume.
Protesting Crayon costume from The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and pictures by Oliver Jeffers
I know I have seen crayon outfits before, but I’m asking you to take it up a notch. You could make it easy and buy a pre-made crayon costume and then make a protest sign. Or if you are feeling extra crafty, whip up a poster board crayon costume that looks like Jeffers’ distraught colors with faces. Either way, those protest signs are a must. I also think it would be hilarious to have a stack of info sheets or letters from your color about what items you want to be coloring and pass those out.
Mean Bag Face costume from Olivia by Ian Falconer
Ending this costume idea-fest I could not help but add this wonderfully simple and hilarious costume from the Olivia book. While looking at Olivia for Part 1, I noticed this illustration and thought it is just great for Halloween. Would be super simple to make from any of those paper grocery bags we seem to be forever accumulating. Olivia says she is being “firm” with her brother during this moment, but I think any attitude would suit this idea quite well. And of course if you want to take it up a notch, add a pig costume, or at least pig feet, underneath!
There you have it folks, my collection of children’s picture book costume ideas for this year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & this one of course as Part 4. You can also see my ideas from a couple years ago: Part 1 and Part 2. I hope you find them delightful and helpful if you are scrambling for a last minute idea. As always, send me a note if you make one. I would love to see it! Happy costuming!