Book Week is a fun and educational occasion for kids. Every year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together for one wonderful week when schools and public libraries highlight the importance of reading for kids. Teachers and librarians organise creative displays, activities and competitions, and tell stories based on the theme of the year (e.g. “Dreaming with Eyes Open” for 2022).
Plus, kids get to dress up as their favourite book characters and share fun facts and plotlines with their peers, so everyone is encouraged to read and exercise their imagination outside of school.
Here at Shindigs, we love the idea of Book Week which is why we stock an incredible range of girls’ costumes for Book Week (don’t worry, we’ve got options for the boys, too). Your little one can choose from hundreds of costumes and accessories online to bring their favourite book characters to life!
Shop girls’ costumes for Book Week online with Shindigs! We offer fast and affordable shipping throughout Australia as well as free click and collect from our store in Lambton NSW.
Need some ideas for girls' Book Week characters? We’ve got hundreds of costumes and accessories available both in-store and online, so we’ve got plenty of ideas to make this Book Week more magical than ever.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll and it follows the story of Alice, a curious young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world filled with talking animals and a killer Queen that’s larger than life. It’s no wonder the novel falls into the “literary nonsense” genre!
When Book Week rolls around each year, Alice in Wonderland is one of our most popular costume themes, and it’s easy to see why. There are lots of memorable Book Week girl characters from Alice herself to the Queen of Hearts.
Just about everyone remembers The Hundred and One Dalmatians movies from Disney… but did you know the movies are based on a book? The Hundred and One Dalmatians was written by Dodie Smith in 1956! The story follows two dalmatians, Pongo and Missis, who are on an adventure to find their kidnapped puppies and rescue them from a fur farm owned by Cruella de Vil.
There are plenty of characters to dress up as from The Hundred and One Dalmatians — your little one could dress up as Missis, the brave mother of the dalmatian puppies, or take a walk on the wild side as the evil Cruella de Vil.
If your growing girl has tackled the Harry Potter books, she’ll no doubt be gunning to go to Book Week as Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley or even Harry himself. Our Child Witch Costumes feature the red and gold house colours of Gryffindor — with a pointed hat, a wand and lots of frizzy hair, everyone will know that Hermione Granger has arrived!
The Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum and follows the story of Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl who ends up in the magical Land of Oz with her dog Toto after they’re swept away from home by a tornado. When she arrives, she learns that she can’t go home until she has defeated the Wicked Witch of the West, and along the way she befriends the Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.
Among our girls’ costumes for Book Week, we have Dorothy in her blue and white checkered dress, her long braids and a basket to carry Toto. Just add some ruby red slippers and your little girl is off to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz!
Little Red Riding Hood is an absolute classic that can be traced back to several 17th-century European folk tales. The best-known versions were written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. The story follows Little Red Riding Hood who is taking some treats to her sick grandmother deep in the woods. She meets the Big Bad Wolf who runs ahead and gobbles up Little Red’s grandmother!
We have adorable Little Red Riding Hood costumes with a silky red hood and white bonnets, just like the fairy tale. Just add a basket of goodies for your daughter to share with her friends at school and she’ll be the cutest character there.
Another classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves follows the story of Snow White, a beautiful princess with “skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood and hair as black as ebony”. Her evil stepmother is jealous of Snow’s beauty and hires a huntsman to get rid of her, but he finds himself unable to do it.
Snow flees into the forest and befriends seven dwarves. In the end, the evil queen puts Snow under a spell and can only be awakened by her true love’s kiss — and her prince luckily comes along to save her!
This Book Week, your little one can dress as the beautiful Snow White in her silky yellow dress, or she can take the evil route and become Queen Grimhilde, stunning in black and purple fabric. Just add a glamourous golden crown and her costume is complete!
If your daughter has reached an advanced reading level, she’s no doubt got her nose in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published back in 1937, The Hobbit was written by fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien and follows the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins as he sets out across Middle Earth with Gandalf the Grey and a gang of outlandish dwarves.
All your little one needs is a cape, a curly wig and a fake sword to become Bilbo or his nephew, Frodo. Just don’t forget the One Ring to Rule them all… It’s a precious part of the costume!
Who said you had to be a fictional character for Book Week? Your daughter could dress up as Joan of Arc, the heroine of France for her role in the Hundred Years’ War — our Child Warrior Costume features “chainmail”, a belt and gloves. Just add a fake sword for dramatic effect.
Alternatively, your little one could be Cleopatra, Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Dressed in gold and turquoise, she can grace Book Week with her beauty and best of all, her power. Likewise can be said for Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France before the French Revolution — and arguably the most memorable. Famous for her extravagant sense of style and grandeur, Marie’s lifestyle gradually got her into strife with the people of France.
“Let them eat cake!”
Adding extra detail to a costume makes the experience all the more fun, which is why we stock a huge range of costume accessories, makeup and special effects to make your little one’s Book Week a memorable one.
Absolutely! Our kids’ costumes are available in SMALL (4-6 years), MEDIUM (7-9 years) and LARGE (10-12 years). If you’re unsure what size is best for your little one, we recommend popping in to visit us in-store in Lambton NSW. We have change rooms available where your child can try on multiple different sizes to make sure their costume fits just right.
We know how disappointing it can be to see the costume/item you want is out of stock, but we’re here to help. If your child’s costume is out of stock, feel free to contact us at (02) 4950 9561 or message us via live chat. Given the nature of an online store and the time it takes to get products currently from our brick and mortar store onto this website, we may actually stock the product even if it is not available online yet.
Here at Shindigs, we want to make online shopping fun and simple which is why we’ve made our returns process as easy as possible. If you have made your purchase online and your child’s costume doesn’t fit quite right, you can return their costume within 45 days of the original invoice date. All items being returned must be in their original packaging with all pieces included, and the costume must be unworn (except for trying it on for size).
If the purchase has been made at our bricks and mortar store in Lambton we unfortunately are unable to offer exchanges or refunds on costumes and accessories for change of mind or incorrect purchase. The great news is that we do have change rooms available at our store and you can try these on before making your purchase.
For health and safety reasons, there are some products that cannot be returned e.g. cosmetics and face paints, fake teeth/fangs, wigs, facial hair, eyelashes, stock/stockings etc. For more information, please read through our returns policy or contact us at (02) 4950 9561 or message us via live chat.
Unfortunately, no. We do not offer costumes or accessories for hire — they are available for sale only. You’ll find our costumes and accessories are very affordable and can be used again and again in future! Besides, there’s never a bad time to start collecting costumes in a costume box. You’ll always be prepared!
Yes, we would never stock a product that is unsafe for any of our customers. However, if your child is prone to skin allergies, we recommend getting in touch with our team at (02) 4950 9561 or messaging us via live chat. Our team can provide more information about the ingredients in our products and offer expert recommendations, advice and alternatives.
We’ve done our very best to ensure all colours are as accurate as possible on our website. However, due to the variances in computers, monitors and other screens, we cannot guarantee that the colours will be an exact match. If you have any concerns about the colour of our costumes, accessories, balloons or any other decorations, please get in touch with our team. We may be able to provide you with more assistance and detail.
Found the perfect Book Week girl’s costume for your little one? Shop online now! We offer fast and affordable shipping throughout Australia as well as a convenient click and collect service from our store in Lambton NSW.
Alternatively, come and visit us in-store! We have hundreds of costumes on display — our team can help find the right costume for your child, or we can curate a costume out of all the different accessories we have in stock!