North Devon schools celebrate World Book Day

CHILDREN across North Devon plunged into the wonderful world of literature on Thursday to mark World Book Day.

Now in its 15th year, the celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading sees schools across the region encourage children of all ages to explore the pleasures of books.

At Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple, foundation and Key Stage One pupils chose their favourite book and dressed up as their favourite character, with plenty of colourful and creative results.

Every lesson had a literacy theme and there were competitions to design bookmarks or write short stories.

Older pupils read to the younger ones, while Key Stage Two pupils also took part in a workshop with a local book illustrator. The school is also running a “readathon” with pupils challenged to read as many books as possible.

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St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School in Northam also got into the spirit of the day with nearly the whole school turning out in costume.

The colourful characters gathered in an assembly where the winners of the fancy dress competition were announced.

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The winners were: Molly Harris, 9, as Bo Peep; Katie Ranpling, 11 as the Gingerbread Man; Callum Cook, 10, as a Smurf; Hannah Neve, 10, as Dumbo; Anna Beer, 9, as a crocodile; Masie Shore, 7, as Mildred; Shiela Webster, 7, as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz; Georgina Baldwin, 9, as Hermione Granger.

Once again, this year World Book Day teamed up with National Book Tokens Limited, publishers and booksellers to send more than 14 million book vouchers to children and young people across the country, enabling them to choose from one of eight free books or to get money off other titles.

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