Fiction becomes fact as book favourites are brought to life

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Comic book heroes, fairytale favourites and modern legends took on new meaning as schools across South Holland celebrated World Book Day on Thursday.

Children swapped uniforms for fancy dress costumes as a variety of characters became more than imagination to show that reading can be fun and fulfilling.

Youngsters at Twigglets Day Nursery in Holbeach had a day full of drama, music and stories, while pupils at Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding created a display of fictional characters such as The Gruffalo and Harry Potter.

Deputy headteacher Sally Chester said: “It was a brilliant day and we had a really good response from the children and staff who dressed up as their favourite book characters.

“Our headteacher, Clare Ogden, led a special assembly geared towards World Book Day that was really well-supported by parents and marked the culminations of a whole week of activities.

“It was very intense but so much fun.”

Youngsters at Gosberton Academy took part in an online event where popular children’s authors talked about the inspiration behind their creations.

Teacher Lynne Evans said: “We had a fabulous time and the children brought in their favourite books, as well as dressing up as their favourite characters.

“There was also a special assembly where we introduced all the characters and gave prizes to the children who had the best costumes.”