Writers’ visits, an array of literary activities and plenty of dressing up were on the timetable as schools across West Norfolk celebrated World Book Day yesterday.
Superheroes, Oompa Loompas and even an occasional sighting of the ever elusive Wally were among the sights as pupils across the borough left their uniforms at home for the day.
Glenn Rossiter, a teacher at the Nelson Academy in Downham, one of the many schools taking part, said: “Days like today are a great opportunity to promote a love of reading.
“Children love coming to school in fancy dress and they can talk about their favourite stories in great detail.
“It’s lovely to see the look on the children’s faces, ready to share their books with each other.”
Wendy Darrell, assistant principal at Eastgate Academy in Lynn, added: “Dressing up has been a fun way for the children to learn about their favourite story characters and to help talk about the books they read.”
Local author Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known visitor to schools around the area.
And he joined youngsters at Wimbotsham Primary to take part in their activities.
Elsewhere, Wormegay Primary pupils’ costumes were inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, while other literary classics were depicted at West Lynn.
And a dalek chasing a teacher was among the stranger images at Lynn’s Howard Junior School, where pupils took part in a giant Readathon.