It’s I Love To Read month and that means that this week is Dr Seuss dress up week! Friday is the day our kids wear Dr Seuss costumes or storybook character costumes. I’ve got a bunch of great Dr Seuss costume ideas and storybook character ideas that you can make yourself at home! These are inexpensive and EASY to make.
Dr Seuss Costumes
This week is dress up week at school for Dr Seuss and I love to read month. I’ve got all the homemade Dr Seuss costumes and storybook character dress up ideas you need to properly outfit your child for this fun Seuss-themed week! As a mom, I know how tough it can be to come up with fun and easy homemade Dr Seuss costumes or storybook character costumes so I’ve gathered up all of my fellow mom’s ideas to help you create a fun and easy costume for I love to read month! I hope these ideas inspire you. All of these costumes can easily be made at home with very little time or money spent. I’ve also linked to the supplies below each costume so you can order anything you don’t have on hand!
Dr Seuss Group Costumes
If you have a group of friends that want to dress up together, it’s really fun and easy! These costumes are perfect for a group of friends to do together. Gather your friends and pick a favorite book or theme!
This idea comes from Green Eggs & Ham. One person dresses up as Sam I Am with a yellow shirt, white felt sewn or fabric-glued on and a little red hat. Write “Sam I Am” on the white felt in black permanent marker. Make the small hat with felt or construction paper. Bobby pin it in the hair. You’ll also need one person to dress up as the “ham”. Get a dark shirt and green felt to make the ham. Use a dark green permanent marker to draw the lines and make the ham. The rest of the group can go as the green eggs. Use green shirts and sew or glue white and green felt on to create the “green eggs”.
flic-flac 28pcs 12 x 8 inches (30cmx20cm) 1.4mm Thick Soft Felt Fabric Sheet Assorted Color Felt Pack DIY Craft Sewing Squares Nonwoven PatchworkGreen Eggs and Ham
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish group Dr Seuss costumes are also a lot of fun! You’ll need a group of four for this costume idea. Get a yellow, green, red and blue shirt and use a black permanent marker and stencil to write on the backs (or the fronts!). Make your own colored tutus with elastic and colored tulle. Pair it with black leggings.
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 4 CountOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)Charmed Rainbow color tulle assortment, 6 inch by 25 yard spool (8 pack )Karty Large Letter Stencils Reusable Plastic Kit includes 26 Letters, 10 Numbers and 11 Symbols
These truffula trees from the Lorax are so adorable and easy. Each truffula tree will need black pants, a white long-sleeved shirt and a poofy wig. Use a black permanent marker to draw the lines on the shirt for the trunk of the tree.
Get various colored feather wigs for each group member.
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 4 CountZucker Feather (TM) – Chandelle Feather Wig-Solid – Candy PinkNuoqi Mens Unisex Feather Wigs Halloween Costumes Party Hairs Wigs (Blue)The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
Cat In The Hat Costumes
Cat in the Hat is a popular choice for Dr Seuss costumes during Dr Seuss week! Here are som easy ideas you can make at home.
This Cat in the Hat costume was made with black pants and a black shirt. Sew or glue white felt to the center for the belly. Add a red ribbon bow to the collar. Wear white knit gloves and top with a Cat in the Hat hat! Draw on whiskers and a nose with black face paint.
A&R Sports Knit Gloves, White, One SizeThe Cat in the HatChildren’s Red & White Tall Hat Book Day Fancy Dress Cat ThemeRainbow Classic Felt 9HDE Men’s Pre-Tied Adjustable Bow Tie Poly Satin Wedding Tuxedo Formal Event NecktieFace Paint 6 Color Crayon – Color Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack
If you’re feeling crafty then give this cat in the hat painted t-shirt a try. Directions for this costume are here.
You don’t have to buy a hat for Cat in the Hat either, you can make one with this Cat in the Hat tutorial that uses cardboard and craft foam!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr Seuss Costumes
Thing 1 and Thing 2 are another popular choice for Dr Seuss costumes. Here are a variety of ways you can dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2! Be sure to check out my Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppets too!
This Thing 1 costume was thrown together in five minutes. Wear red pants and a red shirt. Add a white felt circle to the belly (I pinned it on) and write “Thing 1” on it with permanent marker.
For the Thing 1 and Thing 2 hair I simply used blue yarn and wrapped it around and around a book. I then cut one side, holding the other side together. I wrapped another strand of yarn around the center to secure it together. Then, bobby pin it in front of a bun.
The Cat in the HatRainbow Classic Felt 9LION BRAND YARN- 790-368 HOMESPUN YARN, MONTANA SKY (2 PACK)Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 4 Count
This Thing 1 and Thing 2 costume used red t-shirts with a white felt circle sewn on. Then pair with leggings and a blue and red tutu. Simply tie strands of tulle onto an elastic to create the tutu. Add some blue fluff and ribbon to their hair to complete the look.
The Cat in the HatRainbow Classic Felt 9Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 4 CountExpo Classic Tulle Spool of 25-Yard, RedExpo Shiny Tulle Spool of 25-Yard, Royal BlueDritz 9506W Non-Roll Flat Elastic, White, 3-Yards X 3/4-Inch
You don’t have to sew or glue with this variation. Simple wear a red shirt and use paper plates or posterboard to create the Thing 1 and Thing 2 signs. Add string to them and wear them around the neck. So easy and genius!
This cute version uses dresses instead of t-shirts. Pin Thing 1 and Thing 2 felt circles to each belly.
One Fish Two Fish Costume
I love One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and this costume is quick and easy to make! My one fish two fish wine cork painting activity would pair really well with these fun costumes!
Use a yellow shirt and colored felt to make this shirt. Cut the felt in the shape of a fish and use a permanent marker to write on the shirt.
If you need a really last minute costume (like I did!), then simply grab a pair of socks and use safety pins to pin them to your child’s sleeve (so they can take them off when they need to write and not lose them). You’ve got a quick and easy Fox in Sox costume!
Storybook Character Dress Up Ideas
These storybook character dress up ideas are adorable and easy. You can pick any storybook character for dress up day and use your imagination to make it come to life.
This Fly Guy meets Fly Girl costume idea was so adorable and it wasn’t as hard as it looks to make either! Start with a black shirt and pants. Then make the wings and eyes from posterboard. Use a black marker to draw on the details. Fasten black pipe cleaners on the eyes for eyelashes and fasten the wings to elastic that goes around the child’s arms.
Pinkalicious is a fun and easy costume idea! You’ll need a pink tutu and a pink shirt. Add some pigtails with pink ribbons or bows and you’ve got a super easy storybook character costume.
PinkaliciousBuenos Ninos Girl’s Tutu Assorted Colors One Size (Pink)Dream Star Little Girls’ Tee with Rhinestones and Chiffon Tulip Sleeves, Bright Pink, L/6
This Fred and Ted storybook character costume idea is perfect for friends who vary in height. My daughter is much shorter than her friend so it was adorable! This is from the “Big Dog, Little Dog” book. Get one long-sleeved green shirt and write “Fred” on it. Get a long-sleeved red shirt and write “Ted” on it. Pair with black pants.
Big Dog . . . Little Dog (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))Joe’s USA TM Youth Long Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt-Kelly-MFrench Toast Little Boys Long Sleeve Crew Neck Tee, Red, 7Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 4 CountKarty Large Letter Stencils Reusable Plastic Kit includes 26 Letters, 10 Numbers and 11 Symbols
Use the book as a prop!
The man in the yellow hat from Curious George is another fun costume idea. You’ll need yellow pants and a yellow button down shirt. Add a yellow tie with black felt polka dots attached to it. A yellow hat completes the look. Don’t forget to grab a stuffed monkey too!
BYCR Boys’ Solid Color Elastic Cotton Pant For Kids Size 4-12 No. 7160108132 (130 (US Size 6-7), Yellow)Boys Canary Yellow Designer Button Down Dress ShirtPreppy Plain Woven Microfiber Boy’s Tie (8-10 years) – YellowDarice FLT-0232 Adhesive Back Felties Felt Sheet, 9 by 12Twist-and-Fold Childrens Rain Hat, 13 in diameter brim, YellowGund Curious George Stuffed Animal, 12 inches
Not feeling crafty? Print these free Dr Seuss headbands and call it a day!
I hope these fun Dr Seuss costumes and storybook character dress up ideas will inspire you to create your child’s Dr Seuss week costume! Have more ideas? Leave them in the comments so we can all inspire each other!
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Book lovers are celebrating their favourite stories once again as World Book Day is back for the 21st year.
The annual celebration of authors, illustrators and reading is marked in more than 100 countries around the world.
The event sees kids all over the UK dress as their favourite characters, receive precious book tokens and take part in the events that schools and community groups run to mark the wonder of reading.
Celebrities are also keen to get in on the act, with previous World Book Days seeing the likes of Danielle Lloyd dress her children as Willy Wonka, Where's Wally and Dennis the Menace.
Teachers are also encouraged to don fancy dress costumes and join in with World Book Day 2018.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
So here's all you need to know about the annual celebration of books and how you and your child can get involved.
What is World Book Day?
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it’s a celebration of reading.
It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Book tokens will be given to children so they can purchase £1 books from a special selected list of titles.
When is World Book Day?
This year it falls on Thursday, March 1 (today) but in other countries World Book Day is celebrated on April 23 - William Shakespeare’s birthday.
The date of World Book Day changes every year.
In the UK and Ireland, World Book Day is on the first Thursday of March.
According to organisers, this date was decided after serious thought and lengthy discussion to take into consideration religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with other charitable activities.
World Book Day 2018
Who can take part?
Everyone who loves books can take part in World Book Day . It is dedicated to getting children closer to the books and authors they already love – and helping them discover brand new books and authors they’ll love just as much.
How to use your £1 book token?
World Book Day , in partnership with schools all over the UK, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).
When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop and swap it for one of the ten exclusive, new and completely free £1 World Book Day books. You can find a list here.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book or audio book instead. The book token redemption period is from Monday February 27 - Sunday March 26.
Any dressing up ideas?
The Books Trust has offered a helping hand here with their top 10 children's books of all time, so why not see if they offer some inspiration?
For more ideas check out our pages on best fancy dress ideas for children and easy World Book Day costumes .
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
5. Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne, illustrated by EH Shepherd
6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
7. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
8. Charlotte's Web by E B White
9. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis