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World Book Day 2017: Schoolchildren in Suffolk and north Essex celebrate their love of good books

PUBLISHED: 17:27 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 03 March 2017

World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.

World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.

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From Harry Potter to Mary Poppins and to Stick Man and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, children dressed up as their favourite literary characters for World Book Day.

World Book Day at Sir Robert Hitchums  Primary School in Framlingham.World Book Day at Sir Robert Hitchums Primary School in Framlingham.

From Harry Potter to Mary Poppins and to Stick Man and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, children dressed up as their favourite literary characters for World Book Day.

World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.

The national event, which is in its 20th year, encourages youngsters to explore the joy of reading by introducing them to new authors and providing schools with books.

World Book Day - Westgate Primary School. Left to right, Toby and David. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Westgate Primary School. Left to right, Toby and David. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Thousands of schoolchildren from across Suffolk and north Essex celebrated their favourite stories by dressing as a leading book character – and their teachers got in on the act too.

World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.

Worlingworth Primary School celebrated the occasion with an all things magical-themed week with activities including backing magical cakes, writing books and producing artwork.

World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.World Book Day at Birchwood Primary School.

Headteacher Victoria Gascoygne-Cecil said: “We had children dress up as Harry Potter, Elsa and even Sugarlump the unicorn.

Pupils at Hazelmere Junior School, Colchester, celebrate World Book DayPupils at Hazelmere Junior School, Colchester, celebrate World Book Day

“We’ve had beautiful costumes put together by parents and children but it’s really about enhancing the children’s understanding of writing and reading books.”

Aldeburgh Primary School World Book Day.
Class 1Aldeburgh Primary School World Book Day. Class 1

The Oaks Community School in Ipswich celebrated all things “booky” by coming to school wearing a book spine to create their own special library.

Aldeburgh Primary School World Book Day.
Class 3Aldeburgh Primary School World Book Day. Class 3

The school was also a runner-up in the World Book Day national competition to create a display expressing what books mean to our school.

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day.

Rose Palmer, the school’s librarian, said: “Our families and friends have raised over £600 and achieved over 15,000 minutes of reading for the charity Readathon, who provide new books for hospital children’s’ wards.”

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.
Harry Potter fans Jack and Rhys.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day. Harry Potter fans Jack and Rhys.

Children came to Howard Primary School in Bury St Edmunds as all manner of characters including Princess Fiona to the Ladybug in the Giant Peach as well as several Harry Potter characters.

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.
Imogen as Elsa.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day. Imogen as Elsa.

Rose Heap, consultant head at the school, said: “The children and the staff got involved in dressing up as their favourite characters.

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.
Catrin with her unicorn.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day. Catrin with her unicorn.

“The main focus has been celebrating the world of reading and how books play a special role in our lives.

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.
Jack as Gandalf.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day. Jack as Gandalf.

“At this age children certainly enjoy reading. It is about ensuring they get the benefit and enjoyment from reading and promoting that at home as well.”

Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters 
for World Book Day.
Harry Potter fans Leo and Bethany.Children at Worlingworth Primary School dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day. Harry Potter fans Leo and Bethany.

Youngsters at Boxted St Peter’s Primary School started off their day with a parade where teacheds picked the best dressed.

World Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Left to right, Liam, Rouse and Charlotte. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Left to right, Liam, Rouse and Charlotte. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Louise Eastbrook, from the school, said: “The children really rose to the day and got into the different characters, with each class having a different author or book.

World Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Pictured is Felicity. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Pictured is Felicity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“The whole day has looked at literacy, but also bringing some maths into it such as counting adjectives and nouns, and even art as children designed their own book covers.”

World Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Oaks Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

One sixth form took part in a mannequin challenge to promote World Book Day.

Fancy that: Pupils and staff at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds all dressed up for World Book Day. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTFancy that: Pupils and staff at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds all dressed up for World Book Day. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

While foundation learners enjoyed a search for golden tickets leading them to books written by the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author, Roald Dahl.

Fancy that: Pupils and staff at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds all dressed up for World Book DayFancy that: Pupils and staff at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds all dressed up for World Book Day

Louise Joy, learning resource administrator, said: “We are doing all we can to champion reading at One.

Boxted St Peters School World Book WeekBoxted St Peters School World Book Week

“Surprisingly they seem to always go for ‘the classics’ – we also have a book group and although the popularity for traditional methods seem to be changing, I personally feel that you cannot beat the old fashioned way of reading a good book in front of the fire.”

Boxted St Peters School World Book Week.
Willy Wonka played by Max ,7Boxted St Peters School World Book Week. Willy Wonka played by Max ,7

Easton and Otley College created a series of poetry and short story competitions to inspire students.

World Book Day - Tollgate Primary. Left to right, Charlie and Donna Crouch. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Tollgate Primary. Left to right, Charlie and Donna Crouch. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Adele Wyse, learning resource facilitator, said: “I think trying to get young people to read can be a challenge. We have to try and show them that it can be fun and rewarding and get them out of the mindset that it is a chore.”

World Book Day - Tollgate Primary. Left to right, Lynda and Lilly Hughes. Picture: GREGG BROWNWorld Book Day - Tollgate Primary. Left to right, Lynda and Lilly Hughes. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Both pupils and teachers at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham dressed up as their favourite characters and enjoyed World Book Day related activities with their parents.

World Book day.
Queen Boudica school, Colchester - staff dress up as wheres' Wally
Head teacher Clare Woodward (front long dark hair) with some of the best dressed children from the school.World Book day. Queen Boudica school, Colchester - staff dress up as wheres' Wally Head teacher Clare Woodward (front long dark hair) with some of the best dressed children from the school.

Year 7 pupils at Harwich and Dovercourt High School received top tips on writing by local author Matthew Newell including planning a story before writing and jotting down plot ideas.

World Book day. 
Queen Boudica school, Colchester - staff dress up as wheres' Wally
Head teacher Clare Woodward (front long dark hair) with her staffWorld Book day. Queen Boudica school, Colchester - staff dress up as wheres' Wally Head teacher Clare Woodward (front long dark hair) with her staff

Library manager Andrew Dace said: “It’s fantastic for the pupils to meet somebody local who is a successful author. It shows them that if you try hard enough and persevere you can reach your goals.”

Youngsters at Hazelmere Junior School in Colchester donned their costumers and the winners of the fancy dress contest each received a Where’s Wally book to mark the 30th anniversary of the book.


• On March 14 we will be publishing a special World Book Day supplement featuring photos from dozens of schools across Suffolk.






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