Best Children's Books About Costume

34 Children's Books About Costume

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty book
#1
Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty
Written and illustrated by Anna Kang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home? Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in this delightful debut by A. N. Kang.

A Dog Is a Dog book
#2
A Dog Is a Dog
Written and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A dog is a dog, right? Not so fast! From debut author-illustrator Stephen Shaskan comes this lively picture book that will keep young readers guessing (and giggling!) from beginning to end. With its wacky illustrations, bouncy text, and spot-on humor, A Dog Is a Dog is a fantastic read-aloud that kids will clamor to hear again and again.

Eek! Halloween! book
#3
Eek! Halloween!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Boynton celebrates Halloween! A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween. It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”

Ladybug Girl book
#4
Ladybug Girl
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma book
#5
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Ladybug Girl gets dressed up for Halloween in the newest hardcover addition to the New York Times bestselling series. It is Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems right. Maybe she’ll think of the perfect costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it isn’t until Lulu and Bingo help a little girl who is lost that Lulu discovers who she was meant to be for Halloween–Ladybug Girl, of course! After all, she is Ladybug Girl and it is important to be true to yourself.

Clive and His Hats book
#6
Clive and His Hats
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his collection of hats, and each one suggests a different adventure. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

Clive Is a Nurse book
#7
Clive Is a Nurse
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

This series of board books follows hard on the heel of the four ALL ABOUT CLIVE titles, which were enthusiastically received for celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes. Helped by his good friends, Clive pretends to be a nurse, a waiter, a librarian and a teacher. The role-play of this diverse group is detailed, humorous, caring and thoughtful, and all readers will want to copy, share and talk about what they see.

Julian Is a Mermaid book
#8
Julian Is a Mermaid
Written and illustrated by Jessica Love
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love's author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Halloween Is Here, Corduroy! book
#9
Halloween Is Here, Corduroy!
Written by Don Freeman and illustrated by Emilie Kong, Don Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Corduroy and his friends love to trick-or-treat, and they are excited for Halloween! His friends all have the perfect costumes in mind, but Corduroy can?t decide what to be. With a little help from his friends, though, Corduroy will have the best Halloween ever!

The Three Snow Bears book
#10
The Three Snow Bears
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Jan Brett’s bestselling snowy “Goldilocks” retelling is now available in this popular large, durable format. Painted in her signature style, the familiar story and depiction of playful Arctic animals and birds dressed in colorful Inuit costumes make this classic tale a perfect choice for Jan’s youngest fans.

Something Smells! book
#11
Something Smells!
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman and illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’ adorable! One morning, Elliot wakes up and smells something awful. Is it the trash? No… The dog? No… Dad? His sister? The baby? Grandma’s famous gerfartzenschanffel? No, no, no, and no! Elliot searches high and low for the something that smells, but he just can’t find it, and it’s driving him and his nostrils crazy. Almost as bad, now his mother wants him to take a bath, which means taking off his super cool skeleton costume that he’s been wearing since Halloween! The funny thing is, after Elliot finishes his bath and Mom puts his costume in the wash, something doesn’t smell anymore…

Trick or Treat on Animal Street book
#12
Trick or Treat on Animal Street
Written by Maggie Fischer and illustrated by Gina L. Maldonado
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Get ready for a wild Halloween on Animal Street in this cute rhyming lift-the-flap book! "It’s Halloween night and there are friends to meet— It’s time to trick-or-treat on Animal Street!” Join pirate foxes, bunny ballerinas, and more on a not-so-spooky Halloween adventure. With big flaps to lift and adorable illustrations, this fun rhyming board book is festive and perfect for story time!

The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat? book
#13
The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat?
Written by A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the fourth book of the Alien Next Door series, Halloween is just around the corner, and Harris is excited to share the holiday with Zeke, who doesn't even need a costume! Harris is ready for Halloween and is very excited when he sees Zeke's "costume," which is just his true alien form. Harris is sure Zeke will win the costume contest at school! Zeke also uses his powers to help Harris make the best costume he's ever had, but Roxy feels left out, as she and Harris usually make costumes together every year. On Halloween, one of the other kids at school is jealous of Zeke's amazing costume and plots to sabotage it. Will Harris and Roxy be able to stop him and help Zeke win the costume contest?

Spooky Pookie book
#14
Spooky Pookie
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Pookie gets dressed up for Halloween in this silly board book from beloved and bestselling author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#15
Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In another adorable story starring Eileen Christelow's mischievous and beloved monkeys, these five silly monkeys go trick-or-treating and fun chaos ensues! Now in paperback. "Another winner." --School Library Journal Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They're going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. Mama reminds her, "Don't lose the rascals!" But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try "the best Halloween trick ever!" Will Lulu be fooled? Or will the five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business? Vibrant, silly, and perfect for reading aloud, this non-scary Halloween story will delight fans of this best-selling series. Includes recipes for "eyeballs" and "worm juice" for kids to try at home.

Boo, Katie Woo! book
#16
Boo, Katie Woo!
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Disappointed that her monster costume does not frighten anyone, Katie Woo still finds a way to have a happy Halloween.

Skelly's Halloween book
#17
Skelly's Halloween
Written by David Martin and illustrated by Lori Richmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a fall causes Skelly B. Skeleton to come apart on Halloween, his animal friends try to put him back together based on their own bodies.

Is That You, Eleanor Sue? book
#18
Is That You, Eleanor Sue?
Written and illustrated by Tricia Tusa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Saturdays are dress-up days when Eleanor Sue Climbs out the window . . . Tiptoes over to the front door . . . And rings the doorbell. Ding dong. When her mother answers, she doesn’t see Eleanor Sue. She sees A cranky old neighbor. Or a hungry witch. Or a white-bearded wizard. Eleanor Sue is a master of disguise, but when her mother gets in on the act, along with Grandma, anything can happen in this whimsical picture book by award-winning author/illustrator Tricia Tusa.

Polly and Her Duck Costume book
#19
Polly and Her Duck Costume
Written by Leanne Laurciella and illustrated by Jill Howarth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the true story of Polly, a little blind goat who was rescued by Leanne Lauricella, rescuer of farmyard animals and founder of the immensely popular Instagram account The Goats of Anarchy. Polly has some trouble adapting to her new life until her new mom gives her a warm and fuzzy duck costume, which turns out to be the perfect fit! Follow along with Polly as she finds love with her new family, gains confidence, and makes new friends. The perfect tale to inspire and delight animal lovers, Polly and Her Duck Costume pairs beautiful illustrations with a truly heartwarming tale readers of all ages will adore.

We Love to Wear book
#20
We Love to Wear
Written and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Kids love to play dress-up and so do these silly friends! They try on everything from cowboy clothes to medieval essentials before finally cuddling up in their cozy pajamas. The fun rhyming text and adorable outfits are sure to make this board book a repeat read.

Mission Super Halloween book
#21
Mission Super Halloween
Written by Marsha Qualey and illustrated by Jessica Gibson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Beatrice "Bumble B." Flinn has announced her Halloween costume, and it's perfect for her. She is going to be a Super Bee! But when her cape causes issues, B. feels less than super. She is on a mission to find her superpower, with or without her pesky cape! The Bumble B. early chapter book series will inspire young readers to never give up. Easy-to-read text, short chapters, fun illustrations, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts complete the book. The Capstone Interactive edition comes with simultaneous access for every student in your school and includes read aloud audio recorded by professional voice over artists.

Peep  and  Egg:  I'm  Not  Trick-or-Treating book
#22
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
Written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.

Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-up book
#23
Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-up
Written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Maria Mola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Maya Papaya plays dress-up with her pets and toys every season.

The Walking Bathroom book
#24
The Walking Bathroom
Written by Shauntay Grant and illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A sweet Halloween story about standing out and fitting in. I t’s Halloween, and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative. The Walking Bathroom is the newest book from awardwinning author and poet Shauntay Grant, with fun, eyecatching artwork from Erin Bennett Banks. This imaginative tale is bound to inspire some unique costumes and become a Halloween favorite!

A Tiger Called Thomas book
#25
A Tiger Called Thomas
Written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Shy Tomás is afraid to venture out into the neighborhood until the night of Halloween. Because Tomás has the perfect tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. But Tomás will soon discover his costume doesn't hide him quite as well as he thinks...

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