Characters step out of the pages of children’s books

World Book Day at St Roberts RC First School in Morpeth.
World Book Day at St Roberts RC First School in Morpeth.
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FROM pirates to Mad Hatters – schoolchildren brought colourful characters to life to celebrate books.

Pupils at schools across the county enjoyed a host of reading-related activities on World Book Day last Thursday.

And at Belsay First School, staff joined in the fun by also dressing up as their favourites.

Older children teamed up with younger year groups for reading sessions and the afternoon featured a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, with all the pupils playing their part in preparing the picnic.

Headteacher Lilian Harris said: “Everyone at the school had an absolutely fantastic day and the pupils were enthusiastic about all the activities.

“There were lots of fabulous costumes and the day was successful in raising awareness that we have plenty of books which our children can enjoy reading.”

Book sales were held at the school and they raised more than £70 for Book Aid International.

Another place where pupils dressed up was St Robert’s First School in the Oldgate area of Morpeth. Parents and grandparents also came in to read books together with the children.

Headteacher Vivien Cunningham said: “The pupils enjoyed a range of fun reading and writing activities.”

Children from Abbeyfields First School in Kirkhill visited the Morpeth branch of Waterstones. Staff put on a puppet show and they gave pupils some engaging tasks to do such as reading parts of a book using different voices.