Best Kids Books About Costume

21 Kids 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.

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

The first hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, which encourages independence and creative play, and celebrates imagination for every preschool child! When Lulu puts on her ladybug costume, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a superhero who uses her imagination to have adventures right in her own backyard. Her dog, Bingo the basset hound, is always by her side and the two prove that they are not too little to explore nature, build forts, and make their own big fun. For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors individuality, creativity, and a love of the outdoors!

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma book
#4
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.

Julian Is a Mermaid book
#5
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
#6
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!

Something Smells! book
#7
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…

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#8
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.

Skelly's Halloween book
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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.

Mission Super Halloween book
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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...

On a Windy Night book
#17
On a Windy Night
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by George Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.

Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House book
#18
Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna, Deborah Diesen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

It's time for Halloween, and Mr. Fish is nervous about visiting a haunted house with his friends—but he just may be surprised that it's not all so scary! At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish's fans and newcomers alike.

Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission book
#19
Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission
Written by Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain and illustrated by Garry Parsons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join Molly on her second magical rhyming adventure as she visits the enchanted dressing-up wardrobe in her Granny's house. There are so many costumes to choose from in her magic dressing-up wardrobe. Today she's going to be . . . a mermaid! With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly dives below the sea and soon finds herself on a mission: she must race to save the mermaids' shipwreck from some pesky sharks!

Stardust book
#20
Stardust
Written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Briony May Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mom’s lost wedding ring or winning the costume prize, her big sister always shines brighter. A story about how everything and everyone is made of stardust and we all shine in different ways

Dress Up and Let's Have a Party book
#21
Dress Up and Let's Have a Party
Written and illustrated by Remy Charlip
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

John puts a pot on his head while his mother bakes a cake. The next thing we know, he invites his friends over for a costume party. What will they wear? With each page turn, we wait to see. Vera arrives tangled up in string, a “meatball covered in spaghetti.” And Sarah, as a mountain, inching across the floor under a carpet. First published in 1956, Dress Up and Let’s Have a Party is a pleasing and thought-provoking book about impulse and ingenuity.

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