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Top 6 Book Week Costume Ideas for Girls

With Book Week 2014 fast approaching, little girls all over Australia are dreaming about dressing up as their favourite characters from their best-loved stories. For the busy mothers of those starry-eyed children, the good news is that it's no longer necessary to spend long hours crafting a costume, or to invest a fortune when buying one. Fancy dress costumes for children have become surprisingly affordable over the last few years, and when it comes to authenticity, a few simple props or accessories can make all of the difference. Recent movie releases such as Frozen and Maleficent will indubitably inspire many book week characters, and we predict the following Book Week costume ideas will also be popular for girls trending this year.

Book Week Costumes

The-Wizard-of-Oz-Dorothy-Child-CostumeDorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Whether inspired by the book or the movie, Dorothy remains a popular choice for Book Week, especially when you can add accessories to the costume like ruby slippers and a basket with Dorothy's dog Toto tucked inside. Girls love clicking their heels together and repeating that famous phrase, "There's no place like home."

Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault

Traditional fairy tales continue to capture the imagination of little girls, and for many, the chance to become those beloved characters is too tempting to resist. Little Red Riding Hood is the perfect example. Girls love dressing up in the character's trademark colour and pulling the red cape up over their heads. A basket of goodies for Grandmother is all that's needed to complete this charming outfit.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The best versions of this classic character costume come with details like attached aprons, and petticoats that make little girls feel as if they've just stepped out of a picture book. For added authenticity, nothing beats a wig of long blond hair accented with a black ribbon.

Tinker Bell from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Tinker Bell is one of the most popular fairy characters, and Tinker Bell costumes are often offered on sale during the period leading up to Book Week. Officially licensed Tinker Bell costumes include the characteristic green dress and detachable wings. A wand and some sparkling glitter pixie dust complete the look.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter's HermineHarry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Hermione Granger is easily identifiable when a little girl sports her ankle-length Gryffindor robe with its attached hood, burgundy accents, and embroidered Gryffindor patch. Accessories like a wand, wig, and Gryffindor tie enhance the look.

Frankie Stein from Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Girls who own the Frankie Stein doll inspired by Lisi Harrison's Monster High book series will adore a costume that brings the character to life. In addition to the doll's ghoulish but fashionable attire, a matching wig is a must-have accessory.

Many schools throughout the country hold fancy dress parades, special events, and other activities during Children's Book Week to inspire literacy and promote reading. Book Week in Australia runs from the 16th to the 22nd of August this year, so it's a good idea for girls to choose which costume they want to wear as soon as possible.

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