SCHOOLS across the Whitby area celebrated World Book Day in style last Thursday (3 March).
Pupils ditched their uniform in favour of costumes as they came to school dressed as their favourite book characters.
Lythe Primary School headteacher Andrea Foord said: “Children came dressed as characters from the five most popular children’s authors, which meant that Harry Potters, Tinkerbells, The Twits and others rubbed shoulders.”
At East Whitby Primary School children and staff also wore costumes and at Lealholm Primary pupils dressed as Horrid Henry, Jemima Puddleduck and a family of Mr Men characters.
Nance Wrigley, Oakridge School headteacher, said: “For World Book Day we decided that everyone in school would dress up as a character from a book but with the emphasis being on traditional fairy tales.
“The staff also joined in with some really entertaining outfits that had both the children and parents laughing!”
With the rest of the day reserved for literature in all its forms, Lealholm school studied poetry, Lythe school held a ‘Spaghetti Book Club’ and East Whitby School was visited by its favourite author, Saviour Pirotta.
The author spent the day discussing his works and has promised to dedicate his next book to the pupils of East Whitby School.
Lythe school launched its own book club in connection with the international Spaghetti Book Club, which is intended to enable children to create online book reviews and illustrations and to develop ‘booktalk’ skills with children around the world.
The mark the occasion a special spaghetti-themed lunch was organised.
Many children also entered a national competition to design a bookmark.
Marianne Matthews, Lealholm School key stage 3 teacher said: “The day was intended to encourage reading for enjoyment of all kinds of books and genres.
“The point was to encourage a love of poetry and to allow the children to listen to each other and suprise themselves with how they managed to learn the poems.”
Oakridge School’s Mrs Wrigley added: “All the school sat on mats in the hall with the older childern sharing favourite books that they had brought from in from home.
“Everybody has a really enjoyable day while raising awareness about how much fun and enjoyment you can get from reading.”