THOUSANDS of children around North Devon curled up with a good book to celebrate World Book Day. Young readers took part in a number of literary-themed events designed to promote literacy and enjoyment of books. At South Molton Community College, synchron

THOUSANDS of children around North Devon curled up with a good book to celebrate World Book Day.Young readers took part in a number of literary-themed events designed to promote literacy and enjoyment of books.At South Molton Community College, synchronised students joined readers across the UK in a bid to smash a world record for the number of people reading aloud.The Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils were taking part in Peter Pan Week and the Big Time Rhyme event to help raise money for Great Ormond Street children's hospital. The result will be announced in April.With the Mayor of South Molton Cllr Stephen Lock as adjudicator, pupils read To The Top, from the new Peter Pan in Scarlet book by Geraldine McCaughrean.Organisers Pam Symons, school librarian, and Beth Turner, head of English, said the event had proved great fun and had gone very well."There's a strong reading culture at the school - we had a 'drop everything and read day' when everyone did just that!" said Pam.At Appledore Primary School, pupils dressed up as their favourite literary characters and took part in a readathon to raise money for various children's charities. And as well as receiving their World Book Day £1 book token, they were given the chance to choose a book to keep as part of the school's involvement with the "Reading is Fundamental" programme, in conjunction with Northam-based literary volunteer group, Book Relief UK.At Pilton Community College, the newest exponent of "chicklit" fiction joined students to launch her debut novel. Devon author Luisa Plaja has written Split By a Kiss, a comedy romance sure to appeal to teenagers everywhere.She read excerpts of the new novel to Year 8 and 9 students, answered questions and signed books.And at Landkey Primary School, staff and pupils were toasting success as the school won an inter-schools World Book Day quiz organised by Devon Library Service in conjunction with Waterstones.Intelligent trio Rachael Bellew, Isabel Hampton and William Squire beat teams from other schools from the area to win £50 worth of book tokens and a trophy for their school."We are very proud of them," said head teacher Kate Fairbrother.