CREATIVE kids let their imaginations run wild on World Book Day.
Pupils at Henry Hinde Infant School recreated the covers of well-known books as part of a school-wide photo competition, with entries including The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and I am a Tiger by Karl Newson and Ross Collins.
Staff surprised pupils with a ‘Masked Reader’ challenge, inspired by the TV show The Masked Singer, in which staff members recorded a masked video of themselves reading extracts from their favourite children’s books, and shared clues for the children to guess their true identities.
Children also shared their favourite stories with their friends and studied notable authors before taking part in a school reading bonanza at the end of the day.
Henry Hinde Infants Principal Fleur Edwards said: “Inspiring a love of reading from the earliest age is so important. So much joy can be found in stories, sparking children’s imaginations and helping them to learn new words and expressions along the way.
“It has been wonderful to see such excitement about reading across our school, not just for World Book Day, but every day.”
The pupils’ older counterparts at Henry Hinde Junior School created their own costumes to celebrate their love of reading, and discussed the characters and themes featured in their chosen books.
Each class selected a theme for their designs, ranging from children’s classics including 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz, to modern favourites such as the The Day the Crayons Quit, Magnus Chase and Varmints – and Year 6 pupils even chose to focus on The Thesaurus.
The school’s Principal Jennie Nurse said: “We love the opportunity to hold special events for World Book Day to celebrate the joy of books together. We have seen so many brilliant costume creations and some wonderful memories have been made.
“Reading opens up such a magical world for children to explore, so we encourage our pupils to enjoy reading at school and at home with their families every day. Our library is also at the heart of our school, a fantastic place to discover new stories and adventures.”