VIDEO: Children celebrate World Book Day

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Youngsters across the north of the county have dressed up to get into the spirit of World Book Day.

Children in schools and nurseries pretended to be their favourite fictional characters on a day of literary fun.

Chester Symons, four, is the Incredible Hulk at Little Stones Nursery in Wellingborough

Chester Symons, four, is the Incredible Hulk at Little Stones Nursery in Wellingborough

World Book Day, in its 16th year, promotes reading amongst schoolchildren, and every child is given vouchers with which they can buy books.

Sally Cotter, from Little Stars Kindergarten in Newton Bromswold, said: “We celebrate it every year. Reading is very important – we do library sessions as well. It’s a really big part of our learning.”

Melissa Williams, from Croyland Nursery School in Wellingborough, said children had very much enjoyed getting dressed up. Parents were able to come along and get involved in the activities.

Melissa said: “We’ve been reading through their favourite stories, and we’ll have a big thing at the end of the session to say, ‘Croyland’s favourite story is’, and then we’ll have a big focus on it for the next couple of weeks.”

Secondary school pupils have also marked World Book Day, with Bishop Stopford School in Kettering holding a vote to decide on their favourite fictional character. James Bond won ahead of Harry Potter and teenage spy Alex Rider.

Hilary Sutton, the school’s librarian, said there had been a buzz about the vote and added the festivities had been “amazing”.