CHARACTERS from books sprang to life as children across the area dressed up to celebrate World Book Day.
From Where’s Wally, to the Cat in the Hat and Pippi Longstocking, colourful characters were everywhere to be seen.
At Sainsbury’s in Chichester children from Portfield Primary Academy were invited to go along dressed up as their favourite story book character and take part an afternoon of fun reading activities hosted by author Sue Hendra.
Mavis Sarfo, from the Sainsbury’s book team, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many parents get involved in reading bedtime stories by putting on character voices and wearing costumes to bring characters to life.
“Encouraging children to role play through dress up and becoming The Gruffalo or Elsa from Frozen is crucial in developing imaginations from an early age and a love of reading.”
Dozens of different characters filled Harting CE Primary School on Thurday’s World Book Day. There were a few ‘Wallys’ to be found, while staff dressed for the occasion including the Gruffalo and a Hungry Caterpillar. The head teacher’s costume matched some of the pupils’ who had arrived as Tigers Coming for Tea.
The school embraced the day by having older children reading to the younger classes, the schools’ library service visited and One Tree Books supplied books for children to take home. The parish vicar went along and shared his ‘life through books’ as part of the school’s daily assembly.
Head teacher Fiona Mullett said: “This has made the children more excited about reading which is already a strength of the school.”
Imaginative and exciting costumes marked World Book Day at South Bersted CE Primary School.
Children became characters such as Spiderman and Spiderwoman, Where’s Wally and Superheroes.
There was also a book finding challenge for the children.
All the staff at the Church Lane school also joined in the fun. They dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland to mark 150 years of the children’s book.
They created a display as well in the corridor themed as The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
The staff images were surrounded by examples of their favourite books when they were children. The pupils could guess which book matched each member of staff.
n Children in West Sussex have named their picture book of the year. Open Very Carefully: A Book with a Bite by Nicola O’Bryne and Nick Bromley has won the West Sussex Schools Library Service Picture Book Award, ‘Picture Books To Shout About 2014/15’.