Book Week 2018 – Find Your Treasure costume ideas

Find Your Treasure costume ideas

Book Week has rolled around again. The 2018 theme is Find Your Treasure. Each year the theme has me scratching my head. After all the time I’ve spent thinking about Find Your Treasure costume ideas, it seemed like a blog post was in order.

I may have over thought this, but I reckon there’s two different approaches for Find Your Treasure costumes. The obvious interpretation is book characters who are hunting for treasure. And the more ‘outside the box’ interpretation is something that your child treasures. Whether it’s books, craft, maths or music, find a book or character to suit your child’s love and go with that angle.

Here’s my top Find Your Treasure costume ideas.

Find Your Treasure costume ideas – treasure hunters

A Pirate

find your treasure costume ideas

The ultimate treasure hunter has to be a pirate. There’s plenty of books with pirates as characters, Pirates Love Underpants and Captain Crab Claws crew come to mind. As a bonus, the costume is relatively easy to pull together.


Find Your Treasure costume ideas

Explorers are often on the hunt for some kind of treasure. Whether it’s a lost ark, uncharted land or a golden ticket.

There’s lots of books with ‘exploring’ or treasure hunting as a central theme:
  • Geronimo Stilton – Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
  • The Adventures of Indiana Jones
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Shackleton’s Journey (the story of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to trek across Antarctica)
  • First To The Top (the story of Sir Edmund Hillary’s summit the world’s tallest mountain)
  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure
  • Chip (the sea gull always hunting for his favourite food, chips!); and
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (finding a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar).

Find your treasure costume ideas

I’m working on two ‘explorer’ costumes. The biggest lad will be Geronimo Stilton and the middle lad Mr Penguin, from Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure. A treasure finding mouse and penguin, who would’ve thought!

An astronaut

Find Your Treasure costume ideas

You know who else is trying to find their treasure? Astronauts! Their treasure is the moon or perhaps life on mars. Books to inspire an astronaut costume are Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 and The Darkest Dark.

Find Your Treasure costume ideas for your child’s treasure

Obviously if you’re going with a costume that matches your child’s treasure, their interests will guide you.

Find your treasure costume ideas

Here are some costume ideas that might suit with your child’s treasure:

  • A crayon for the crafty kid (The Day the Crayons Quit)
  • Iggy Peck for the creative kid (Iggy Peck Architect, such a simple costume)
  • Rosie Revere or Ada Twist for kids who treasure math and science (Rosie Revere Engineer/Ada Twist Scientist)
  • Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Star or Bob Marley for the little music lover (books are Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat, Octopus’s Garden and Every Little Thing)
  • Perhaps you’re child simply treasures books! Books like A Child of Books, The Incredible Book Eating Boy (both by Oliver Jefferes) and Book Uncle and Me (Uma Krishnaswami) all have central characters who love books.

If you need more costume inspiration check out my 2017 and 2016 book week costume posts!

Do you follow the theme for book week each year? I’d love to know your Find Your Treasure costume ideas.

Linking up with Kylie from Capturing Life for #IBOT

4 thoughts on “Book Week 2018 – Find Your Treasure costume ideas

  1. I love book week! The school I teach at is doing book week a little later this term (and I’ll already be on maternity leave by then), but I’m looking forward at least to seeing all the photos 🙂

  2. My daughter is the Teacher Librarian at her school so you can IMAGINE how busy she has been in the lead up to Book Week. She has an IG account for the library and it’s been fun for me watching what is going on. She also now has her youngest in school (at another one) and I have no idea of what she will be wearing if they have a Book Character parade. I peaked very early about 35 years ago, when our son went in a red box and he was Mr Strong from those books!

    Good luck lovely, this is wonderful by the way!

    Denyse #teamIBOT

  3. Book Week is so much fun. We don’t usually follow the theme for each year, my children just get dressed up as a character from one of their favourite books. In the past, my girls have gone as the Cat in the Hat, Fern from Charlotte’s Web, Lola from Charlie and Lola, EJ Spy, Daisy-Head Maizy and Alice Miranda, just to name a few #teamIBOT

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