Children across the North East dress up to mark World Book Day

Little literary characters went to school dressed as their heroes to mark World Book Day

Staff and pupils at Benfield school dress up on World Book Day
Staff and pupils at Benfield school dress up on World Book Day

Hundreds of youngsters from across the North East went to school dressed as characters from their favourite books to mark World Book Day.

An annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, events took place to celebrate World Book Day in more than 100 countries across the planet.

And the region’s schoolchildren came dressed as their favourite Harry Potter characters, superheroes and pirates to mark the occasion.

Barbara Redhead, executive headteacher at Central Walker Church of England Primary School, in Newcastle, said reading is one of life’s most important skills, not just for learning but for pleasure.

“After speaking and listening, reading is the most important thing,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is get every child to love reading and make it part of our school ethos.

 

“We’re one of the few schools in the country to let our children name their own houses and they chose the names of their favourite authors. This includes Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling.”

World Book Day was first celebrated in the UK in 1995 and takes place on the first Thursday in March.

Since its inception the idea has spread around the world – but in the majority of other countries World Book Day is actually celebrated on April 23.

The UK’s own version of World Book Day formally began in 1998, launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Globe Theatre in London. Several million schoolchildren in Great Britain were given a £1 special World Book Day Book Token which could be redeemed against any book in any UK bookshop.

Every year, the number of children receiving a World Book Day Book Token has increased. Now, every child in full-time education in the UK is entitled to receive a £1 World Book day Book token every year.

They can swap their World Book Day token for one of specially-produced £1 WBD books or they can get £1 off a full-price book or audiobook priced £2.99 or more.

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