South Yorkshire youngsters celebrate World Book Day

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Superheroes, princesses and dozens of Where’s Wally characters filled classrooms across South Yorkshire to celebrate a love of reading.

World Book Day was marked with enthusiasm by young reading fans, who brought hundreds of characters to life.

World Book Day at Woodseats Primary school

World Book Day at Woodseats Primary school

Teachers also joined in with the fun, donning costumes, including staff at Sheffield’s Woodseats Primary School who surprised pupils when they all came dressed as Where’s Wally and Where’s Wanda.

The school held a day of book-related activities and children were given the opportunity to swap classrooms at the end of the day, when each teacher read a different book.

Pupils and staff at Phillimore Primary School, in Darnall, also dressed up in colourful costumes, along with teachers at Silverdale School in Bents Green.

Children at Oughtibridge Primary School celebrated with a whole week dedicated to reading.

Different age groups studied different books, had visits from authors and took part in various activities including story writing and making papier mache characters. The week ended when children came to school in their fancy dress outfits.

Headteacher Pat Munt said: “The children were doing lots of reading for pleasure and showing a huge interest in books and, of course, dressing up was the icing on the cake.”

Pupils at Tinsley Meadows Primary School welcomed Darren Pearce, Meadowhall shopping centre director, who read The Gruffalo with the five and six-year-olds, before presenting them all with a copy of the children’s classic.

At Sheffield Central Library, children got the chance to meet illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw and take part in garden-based activities.