World Book Day has happy ending

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FAMOUS characters from the world of fiction were brought to life as schools in the region were crammed with the likes of Harry Potter, Spider Man and Fireman Sam.

School children across the north of the county turned up to class dressed as characters from their favourite books to mark World Book Day.

They downed pencils and pens to discuss their books and listen to special readings by teachers.

Among those getting into the literary spirit were children at St Patrick’s School in Corby who attended all dressed as pirates.

Headteacher Louise Blair said: “Standing up in front of them at early morning assembly was a bit scary.”

She added: “We took the theme of pirates this year and I was impressed with the effort put in by all the pupils and their parents.

“The idea behind it is to get more children interested in reading in their own time.

“The benefits are clear and will help them in the future.”

Also joining in were children at Victoria Primary School in Wellingborough.

The children there dressed up as their favourite book character.

Headteacher Gurdip Kaur said: “The whole day is about encouraging more of the children to read at home.

“As well as dressing up the children discussed their chosen characters and listened to books read by their teachers.”

Also in Wellingborough, children at Kiddi Caru pre-school came as their favourite fictional character.

Among the costumes were Spider Man and Aladdin.

Manager Emma Whitworth said: “It’s all about a bit of fun and getting the kids interested in reading.”

World Book Day is an celebration of authors, illustrators, books held every year.