Hartlepool celebrates World Book Day

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CHILDREN’S book characters leaped off the page during a day of fun and games to celebrate the joy of reading.

Schools and libraries in Hartlepool threw themselves into World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters.

Barnard Grove pupils (left to right)  Bethany Gleeson, Elissa Thompson, Elise Sharp and Emily Thompson with Hannah Goudie (7stories)

Barnard Grove pupils (left to right) Bethany Gleeson, Elissa Thompson, Elise Sharp and Emily Thompson with Hannah Goudie (7stories)

Small children who attend Stranton’s Children’s Centre joined in the fancy dress fun.

Students at Catcote Academy were also invited to dress up as their favourite character or bring in their best-loved book.

Barnard Grove Primary School did all sorts of activities with the Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, based in Newcastle.

Deputy head and school literacy co-ordintor Janine Thompson said: “When they offered to come into school we snapped their hand off because they are always great.”

Catcote Academy pupils dressed up for World Book Day

Catcote Academy pupils dressed up for World Book Day

The fun continued after school at Barnard Grove with a bedtime story reading event.

Local author Peter Brunton read from his Sally the Seal books to youngsters from Greatham Primary School at Hartlepool Central Library.

And Teri Taylor, author of the highly successful Slated book spoke to an invited audience of secondary school students at the Northern Lights Academy in King Oswy Drive.

Mail readers also sent in pictures of their children in character.