World Book Day celebrations - children get all dressed up

Isabella Nial, aged nearly three, as Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson

Isabella Nial, aged nearly three, as Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson - Credit: Beth Nial


Are your children celebrating World Book Day today? Our gallery gives a taste of some of the costumes.

Alexander Horne as Mr Bump on World Book Day

Alexander Horne as Mr Bump, in up-cycled bubblewrap, with old bandages from Ipswich Hospital. - Credit: Caroline Horne

Although lockdown means that most children won't go back to the classroom until next week, the occasion is still being marked in style by schools and families around Suffolk and Essex.

Rhys Rolfe aged five in his costume

Rhys Rolfe aged five in his costume - Credit: Sonya Rolfe

Many pupils who are currently in school, including children of key workers, have gone in dressed up as favourite characters, while others are joining in the fun virtually from home.

Lexie-mae Murphy aged four from Ipswich as Peppa Pig

Lexie-mae Murphy aged four from Ipswich as Peppa Pig - Credit: Lyndsey Daniel

Some schools have also organised special activities - for instance pupils at Tollgate Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, started the celebrations early with a virtual storytelling event.

Oscar aged three as The Hungry Caterpillar

Oscar aged three as The Hungry Caterpillar - Credit: Sophie Edwards


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Students at Felixstowe School enjoyed a range of literacy-inspired activities, including online sessions with guest authors and a book review competition.

Darren Meitner-Harvey, assistant headteacher, said: “While it is a little different this year, World Book Day 2021 is perhaps more important than ever.

Emily Thompson and Nina Wadda at Felixstowe School during World Book Day.

Emily Thompson and Nina Wadda at Felixstowe School during World Book Day. Emily, a sixth form student, has spent parts of lockdown hosting online reading sessions to younger students. - Credit: Felixstowe School

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“Our students have been amazing during lockdown, but we know everyone has spent a lot of time staring at screens. Our responsibility is to ensure there is a book in the hands of every young person.” 

And West End stars are bringing books to life for pupils at Leiston Primary School via a series of online readings.

Phoebe aged seven as Lucy from The Creakers

Phoebe aged seven as Lucy from The Creakers - Credit: Sam Few

Are your children celebrating World Book Day? Send your photos to newsroom@archant.co.uk - please remember to say your child's name and the character they are portraying.

Violet Sadler aged three as Incy Wincy Spider

Violet Sadler aged three as Incy Wincy Spider - Credit: Natalie Sadler

Lucy-rose aged eight and Max aged five, from Ipswich, in World Book Day costumes

Lucy-rose aged eight and Max aged five, from Ipswich - Credit: Katrina Keeler

Alfie aged three as a dinosaur

Alfie aged three as a dinosaur - Credit: Nicola Anderson

Katelan aged nine from Ipswich, with her rock and potato she has decorated for a school activity

Katelan aged nine from Ipswich, with her rock and potato she has decorated for a school activity - Credit: Lucy Chaplin

Riaz Darwin-Boyd, aged eight, from Ipswich, in his Harry Potter costume

Riaz Darwin-Boyd, aged eight, from Ipswich, in his Harry Potter costume - Credit: Shelly Darwin

Joey aged three from Felixstowe

Joey aged three from Felixstowe - Credit: Steph Lawrence

Savanna and Jimmy as Betty O Barley and Harry O Hay from Julia Donaldson's The Scarecrow's Wedding

Savanna and Jimmy as Betty O Barley and Harry O Hay from Julia Donaldson's The Scarecrow's Wedding - Credit: Natasha Noble

Luke from Ipswich as William Beech from Goodnight Mister Tom

Luke from Ipswich as William Beech from Goodnight Mister Tom - Credit: Jackie Burton

Lily, aged two

Lily, aged two - Credit: Gemma Kastrati

Kit Blyth, three, from Marlesford

Kit Blyth, three, from Marlesford - Credit: Fenella Blyth

Khloe aged three from Felixstowe 

Khloe aged three from Felixstowe - Credit: Kerry Allard

Erin, four, from Eyke as The Flip-flap Bird from The Go-Away Bird

Erin, four, from Eyke as The Flip-flap Bird from The Go-Away Bird - Credit: Alastair Bartlett

Brody, three, from Felixstowe

Brody, three, from Felixstowe - Credit: Kirsty Marsh

Jack aged nine and Henry, 11 months, as Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

Jack aged nine and Henry, 11 months, as Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh - Credit: Cathryn Johnson

Oliver, aged 11 months, as Elmer the Elephant

Oliver, aged 11 months, as Elmer the Elephant - Credit: Beckie Butler


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