PICTURE GALLERY: Characters leap into action across Chichester for World Book Day

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.

Seaford school pupils get into character for World Book Day

Seaford school pupils get into character for World Book Day

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.

Transformers at Prebendal School for World Book Day SUS-150703-104728001

Transformers at Prebendal School for World Book Day SUS-150703-104728001

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.

The Cat in the Hat at Prebendal School SUS-150703-104715001

The Cat in the Hat at Prebendal School SUS-150703-104715001

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.

Stephanie Mayne as Cat in the Hat on World Book Day SUS-150703-104703001

Stephanie Mayne as Cat in the Hat on World Book Day SUS-150703-104703001

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’.

Olivia Arnold, 10, as Matilda, Harry Arnold, 7, as Steve from minecraft and  Alfie Arnold, 6 as Ed Sheeran - all pupils from the Tangmere Academy dressing up for World Book Day SUS-150703-104640001

Olivia Arnold, 10, as Matilda, Harry Arnold, 7, as Steve from minecraft and Alfie Arnold, 6 as Ed Sheeran - all pupils from the Tangmere Academy dressing up for World Book Day SUS-150703-104640001

Keyan and Layten Mayne as Things 1 and 2 on World Book Day SUS-150703-104652001

Keyan and Layten Mayne as Things 1 and 2 on World Book Day SUS-150703-104652001

Portfield Primary School pupils at Sainsbury's in Chichester

Portfield Primary School pupils at Sainsbury's in Chichester

From left:  Reception Year pupils Dylan Harvey, Elliott Apps, Jamie Grigg and Daniel Ivanovs SUS-150603-161802001

From left: Reception Year pupils Dylan Harvey, Elliott Apps, Jamie Grigg and Daniel Ivanovs SUS-150603-161802001

Spiderwoman Hannah Robson (Year 4) getting ready to spin her web SUS-150603-161657001

Spiderwoman Hannah Robson (Year 4) getting ready to spin her web SUS-150603-161657001

Where's Wally? at Harting School SUS-150703-104627001

Where's Wally? at Harting School SUS-150703-104627001