World Book Day 2015
Published on: 31 Mar 2015
CHILDREN from Frome Vale Academy were among many in the area who dressed as storybook characters to mark World Book Day. The event is a celebration of authors, illustrators books and reading and is marked in more than 100 countries.
What do you get if you cross a Hobbit with Harry Potter?
It’s not everyday you can go to school dressed as your favourite character and be taught by a Hobbit, but for World Book Day the playground, and the classrooms at St Augustines of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, turned into a surreal place to be.
The children (and parents!) went all out to transform into Where’s Wally lookalikes, Harry Potters, Hermiones, Horrid Henrys and lots of other literary favourites. Teachers entered into the spirit too dressed as characters that inspired them as children; a Queen of Hearts, a Hobbit and even a killer tomato.
The whole day was dedicated to book focused activities with older children listening to the younger ones read, and a character parade to show off all the fancy dress costumes with prizes for the best in each class. The children got to listen to members of staff reading some of the best loved kids books around.
World Book Day has been going in the UK for 20 years with millions of children taking part. This year is thought to have been one of the biggest ever.
A slightly overgrown Hobbit, aka deputy Head Mr Moore, said;
“The day was loads of fun and importantly promoted the simple pleasure of reading which is one of the most vital skills the children develop. I hope it inspires them to explore their enthusiasm for literature throughout their lives.”
One Year 6 student exclaimed;
“I loved seeing the reception students dress up. They all made such an effort and were so cute. One even dressed up as Jesus with a long wig and everything. I didn’t recognise half of them!”