Hartlepool pupils put a tasty spin on World Book Day

Hutton Henry Primary pupil Abbie Shears with the book character cake she made for World Book Day.

Hutton Henry Primary pupil Abbie Shears with the book character cake she made for World Book Day.

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Hartlepool pupils cooked up a storm to put a delicious spin on World Book Day.

Rather than dressing up as their favourite literary characters, children at Hutton Henry CofE Primary School recruited their parents to help them bake book-themed treats.

Hutton Henry Primary pupils, from left, Ellie Davis, Eve Mutton, Ralphie Pond, Pippa Hutchinson, Jackson Roberts and Beth Teahen reading their books during World Book Day.

Hutton Henry Primary pupils, from left, Ellie Davis, Eve Mutton, Ralphie Pond, Pippa Hutchinson, Jackson Roberts and Beth Teahen reading their books during World Book Day.

The youngsters made cakes and cookies based on stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Beauty and the Beast, and favourite characters such as Spider-Man.

They presented their creations to teachers and fellow pupils at the school, in Front Street, Henry Hutton, before taking them home to tuck in.

Headteacher Susan Gibbins said: “We’ve always dressed up for World Book Day so decided to do something different this year instead and have a book bake.

“We asked families to bring in a bake that had a book theme and we had some fantastic creations.

We thought World Book Day was the perfect time to do a mass read and the pupils were really excited knowing that there were so many other children doing the same thing as them at the same time.

Susan Gibbins, headteacher

“The children loved it and members of the student council helped judge the entries, although it was a very tough job because they were all so brilliant.

“It was really well received so we’ll think of something different to do next year too.”

The school also took part in a mass read on World Book Day, along with other members of the Peterlee Partnership Teaching Alliance.

As part of a year-long promotion of reading for fun, which is being supported by Durham University and the Open University, pupils from 36 schools took part.

Robert Clark, left, and Bob Turnbull with their books during World Book Day.

Robert Clark, left, and Bob Turnbull with their books during World Book Day.

At 1.30pm on World Book Day, 4,440 pupils across the schools sat down to read a book at the same time.

Mrs Gibbins added: “It was all about getting across that reading is for pleasure too and we’re working to promote that throughout the whole year.

“We thought World Book Day was the perfect time to do a mass read and the pupils were really excited knowing that there were so many other children doing the same thing as them at the same time.

“We’ll be continuing to promote reading for fun for the rest of the year.”

Ben, left, and Thomas Saint with their book character cake they made during World Book Day.

Ben, left, and Thomas Saint with their book character cake they made during World Book Day.