Wellesley Park Primary School was taken over by a convincing collection of characters from children’s books on Thursday 5th March. They were all rising to the challenge of being their favourite literary figure to celebrate World Book Day which is designed to promote reading and publishing.
From ‘Alice in Wonderland’ playing cards in Reception to a rather sinister black cat in the Head’s office, staff and pupils joined other schools around the world in adopting some impressive disguises as well-known fictional characters from a wide range of books. There was even Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine in the playground.
World Book Day is an annual event, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary. Organised by UNESCO – United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation – it usually takes place on 23rd April, a date which marks the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, but it has been brought forward in the UK to avoid a clash with school holidays.
Schools participating in an event billed as ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ are provided with resources, ideas, games and videos to encourage and stimulate children’s enjoyment of reading. Worldwide, 14 million £1 tokens have been distributed which children can swap for one of 10 new, exclusive WBD books or get a reduction on the price of another book. Wellington children can exchange their tokens at either Waterstones or Brendon Books in Taunton.
Staff at Rockwell Green Primary School also took advantage of World Book Day to shed formal wear for more exotic character costumes.