Pupils and teachers dressed up as their favourite literary characters to highlight the joys of reading as they celebrated World Book Day on 7 March.

World Book Day is a global celebration of storytelling and reading. Held annually on the first Thursday in March in the UK, World Book Day sees schoolchildren and teachers alike dress up as their favourite characters from well-known tales, and share stories they love.

This year for World Book Day each class picked an author to study in order to show how magical books can be. Children made magical potions like in Roald Dahl’s The Witches, mixed marvellous medicines and made a hanging model of a giant peach, rewrote Martin’s Mice by Dick King-Smith from the mouse’s point of view and drew paintings of scenes from Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

Pupils and teachers dressed up as characters including Charlie Bucket, Stickman, Gangsta Granny, The Hodgeheg, The Cat in the Hat, an Oompah Loompah, Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat.

Principal Helen Ray said:

“Good reading habits start early and children who share books with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. We want to engender in our pupils a lifelong love of reading and literacy to fire up their creativity and imaginations. The pupils really enjoy getting dressed up for World Book Day each year and there were some fantastic costumes worn. It is a fun way to encourage all our pupils to become avid readers.”

For further information on World Book Day visit https://www.worldbookday.com/


Pupils and teachers at High Crags Primary Leadership Academy dressed up as their favourite literary characters for World Book Day.