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Easy World Book Day Costumes with Ooks. (Giveaway!)

It’s that time again, World Book Day is looming and we’re thinking about reading and book characters once again. I was a huge reader as a child and my daughter is following in my footsteps. My son is not quite so keen though, so we’re trying to find other ways to spark his interest.


You may remember I wrote recently about the fab new book concept Ooks HQ, where children read a story on an app and along the way make choices to determine the outcome of the book. You can then order a beautiful, personalised hard copy of your book to keep forever. Here’s what they have to say;

‘Here at OOKS HQ, we are all too aware of the importance of stories in the lives of children. With the world becoming more technologically advanced and digital devices playing a big part in the lives of children, it’s important for traditional practices to be nurtured as part of a harmonious relationship that embraces digital and the changing landscape. We created OOKS for this exact reason – to allow storytelling to continue to be at the forefront of play experiences for kids!’

A Balance of Real World and Digital Play encouraging learning through play

OOKS is an interactive story-creation app for children that enables them to create awesome real world books through digital play, and develops their love of books, reading, and storytelling in the process!

Interactive Storytelling Where your Child is the Author

While playing in the OOKS world, your child will create a book that is ultra personalised to them! Their drawings will decorate the landscape and their choices will direct the story. How did they defeat the dinosaur at Mount Gargoyle? A catapult? A dance-off? A tea-party? Your child’s unique OOK book will reflect the magic of their own imagination!

A Personalised Book to Read Over and Over

Watch your child’s face light up when their book arrives full of artwork they created and personalised just for them! Not only have they created their very own book but they’ll gain a love of storytelling, writing, and reading – gifts that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

I have not one but three personalised books that you could win by entering the giveaway at the bottom of this post, plus three gorgeous tote bags to carry them around in!

You could always go as a bright and colourful Ooks HQ character, but if that’s a little beyond your creative abilities, I’ve asked some fellow bloggers for their dress up ideas that are very low effort for those of you who may not have the time or money for elaborate fancy dress.

I have this low effort elf that I repurposed from an old pirate costume top and some green felt. (I just had to take a minute to weep at the cuteness of my little boy almost two years ago now!) Good for the Elves and The Shoemaker.


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  1. Sophie from the BFG. Full tutorial here from Emma and 3.
  2. George from George’s Marvellous Medicine . Red tshirt, trousers, an old medicine bottle and a spoon. So simple and perfect for a reluctant fancy dress wearer! – Twinderelmo
  3. We’re going with Harry Potter. He’s just wearing his school uniform, and a pair of dress up glasses we already had in the house (which cost less than two quid at the time). Then just need to draw a scar on his forehead. – The Bear and The Fox.
  4. Diary of a wimpy kid – simply draw a cartoon face. – My Boys Club
  5. It was technically a halloween costume, but the kids jellyfish costume would be good for ‘Commotion in The Ocean’.
    The costume is simple and cheap to make using an umbrella, lights and a few craft items. You can take the lights out and just have the umbrella, with eyes and tenticles if you prefer. – Monkey and Mousey.
  6. Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the Dr. Seuss books. – Boo, Roo and Tigger Too. Tutorial here.
  7. We did Danny Champion of the World – clothes around the house, a potato sack and a squeaky dog toy! – Keep Up With The Jones Family
  8. Frankies Magic Football & Stickman – Susan K Mann
  9. Willy Wonka. Her smart coat with gold washi tape on the buttons. Gold card stuck on her glasses, a stick with washi tape on for the cane and a top hat. – Plutonium Sox

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  1. February 25, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Eek world book day, the current bane of my life. How do you rate my chances of persuading her to go as the child on the Polar Express – i.e. just wearing her pjs and dressing gown?? Thanks very much for including my costume from last year.

  2. Tracey Abrahams
    February 26, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Im glad my kids are grown as I would be rubbish at costume making. It would be pirates every year #bigpinklink

  3. February 26, 2018 / 10:14 am

    I have no kids but these books look adorable! #bigpinklink

  4. February 26, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    There’s some fantastic ideas for costumes here – LP has opted for Gandalf this year. He read The Hobbit last year and has been obsessed ever since!

  5. February 26, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    My Grandson wanted to go as a castle last year! G and I made him a castle costume out of a box, I’m not sure how he managed to sit down in it 🙂

  6. February 26, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    You look like you’ve done some fabulous ones over the years, well done! Were Harry Potter mad in our house too so we’ll be making use of the Potter supplies we already have. Fab reas x #bigpinklink

  7. February 26, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Some great and very simple ideas on here. I’m just too lazy and buy them and convince him he likes the book! I then feel really inadequate when I turn up and see some of the really creative costumes that other parents have made. ‘#bigpinklink

  8. February 26, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Great ideas and fun giveaway. Having said that I love that as a home educator I don’t have the pressure of last minute costumes for stuff like this at school. #PinkLink

  9. February 26, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Great idea for children to create the ending of a book!
    And some great tips for World Book Day – I need some help and I only have 2 days to go!!!! #bigpinklink

  10. February 26, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    There can be few sentences that strike terror into the heart of a parent like, “Dress up as a book character for World Book Day”. I’m not crafty and used to dread it. I’m so pleased they don’t do it in secondary school

  11. February 27, 2018 / 6:39 am

    Really love this jellyfish costume. I’m up for anything that encourages kids to read, and I like how this combines the app with a real physical book. Studies show that once children have learned to read they stop reading for pleasure if they don’t see their parents reading books. I am trying to balance the tech in my life right now. #bigpinklink

  12. February 27, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Brilliant ideas! Thank you so much for featuring us – I’m just worried it will snow here for WBD and my boys will go crazy!

  13. Jessica Woods
    February 27, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Not sure what yet but my three will be dressing up for WBD I like to see all the kids dressed up

  14. February 27, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I used to love ‘choose your own adventure books when I was a kid. I’d have been over the moon at the thought of having one with my own pictures in too. I’m lucky that my kids love dressing up so we already have costumes that we can use for world book day.

  15. March 3, 2018 / 11:40 am

    This reminds me of my sister and I. While I have a love for literature my sister has not been as bothered. However, it is such an important life skill and it’s great to try out different ways in which to engage children in this pursuit. #bigpinklink

  16. March 4, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Great costumes ideas Louise! I am so lazy and always buy ours, I’m not very creative and always leave it till the last minute! Maybe next year I will up my game! #bigpinklink

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