Literary characters come to life

World Book Day at Hebden Royd Primary School, Pictured are Isla Thomson, Denis Hopley, Ava Howson and Fred Wingrave dressed as the four lions who came to tea
World Book Day at Hebden Royd Primary School, Pictured are Isla Thomson, Denis Hopley, Ava Howson and Fred Wingrave dressed as the four lions who came to tea

BOOKS came to life as children dressed up as their favourite characters for an international literary event.

Buzz Lightyear, Snow White and the Three Little Pigs were spotted as pupils at schools throughout the upper Calder Valley took part in activities to mark World Book Day.

World Book Day at Walsden St Peter's School

World Book Day at Walsden St Peter's School

Staff and children at many schools came to lessons dressed as a character from one of their favourite books.

Steve Priestley, deputy headteacher at Luddendenfoot Academy, said: “The idea of the day is to inspire children to develop their reading.

“The pupils loved dressing up and taking part in all the activities connected with the day.”

Youngsters at Walsden St Peter’s School raised £70 by dressing up and having a loose change collection.

The money raised will be donated to a charity that buys books for children in poor parts of the world.

Headteacher Peter Stevenson said: “A good time was had by all. The staff were very supportive and joined in too.”

At Cragg Vale School, youngsters arrived early to have breakfast with their friends and read a book.

A school spokesperson said: “This year we decided to do something different and held a Comics and Cornflakes event before school where children could enjoy cereal and juice while reading and sharing their favourite comics and stories.

“It was a big success with most of the school attending.”

Reception class children at Midgley School dressed as “bad” characters for the day.

A special assembly was held, at which each class gave a review of their favourite book.

Several schools held book swaps, giving children a chance to pick up a new book in exchange for one they have already read.

A representative from Fred Wade Bookshop in Halifax visited Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, to give the children their choice of book in exchange for their World Book Day vouchers.

Headteacher Anne Stamp thanked staff for organising the event and Wade’s for attending.

“Everyone had a lovely time choosing books,” she said.

Wyndleberry the wizard called in at the Bookcase, Hebden Bridge, to read stories to children.

Youngsters also made witch hats during a special workshop and looked at the books that were selected for World Book Day.

Kate Claughan, who runs the Bookcase, said: “World Book Day is brilliant and the children love it because they can come here and choose a book.

“Every child should have access to a book and events like this certainly help.”

l Turn to page 30 for more World Book Day pictures