SLIDESHOW: World Book Day in Harrogate

Young bookworms across Harrogate enjoyed World Book Day.

The youngsters of Busy Bees pre-school in Pannal dressed as their favourite characters.

Busy Bees Pre-school in Pannal

Busy Bees Pre-school in Pannal

Sarah Lewis, Busy Bees Committee member said: “They’ve been having lots of fun this week exploring and discussing their favourite books, then really got in to the spirit of things by dressing as their favourite character.”

Staff at Brackenfield School appeared as Where’s Wally.

Children’s author Peter Shaw held a reading corner at Western Primary school as part of Sainsbury’s Make Believe campaign.

Peter said: “I love World Book Day and it provides a great way to show children the magical world of reading.”

Pupils from Ashville Pre Prep School dressed as characters from the Oxford Reading Tree books - including Biff, Chip, Kipper and their dog, Floppy.

Ashville Pre Prep School head teacher Carol Berrie said: “Books play a very important role in the life of the school.”

Pupils of Highfield Prep School, part of Harrogate Ladies’ College, took part in World Book Day dressing up in an array of their favourite book characters.

Special guest, author Sarah Shafi, of ‘Ridiculous Witches’ fame visited the pupils and outlined all the aspects of her work and give them the opportunity to ask questions.

Harrogate Ladies’ College Chef Jane Fisher, a former Royal Household Pastry Chef and current member of Harrison Catering Services, baked a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed cake which was raffled off and raised nearly £500.

All the profits from World Book Day will go towards buying books for a school in Bombo, Uganda which Highfield is currently supporting.

Students at Harrogate Ladies’ College celebrated World Book Day with a Harry Potter Quiz covering all seven books, a Fancy Dress competition and book themed cake decorating competition.

A special assembly outlining the work of Book Aid International, the partner charity of World Book Day, took place at the college.

The organisation, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has sent more than 30 million books to its partner libraries in sub-Saharan Africa since 1954.

Fiona Brady, Librarian and Archivist at Harrogate Ladies’ College said: “Each year we hold a Fancy Dress competition in School and money raised goes to supporting the work of Book Aid International and this year we raised over £300.

“For every £2 donated, one book can be sent to some of the poorest countries in the world, where access to books is severely limited and well-stocked libraries are essential to improving education.

“World Book Day is a celebration of children’s literature and the work authors do to promote reading for pleasure. At HLC, we encourage pupils to extend their reading outside of the classroom, which has been proven to raise children’s attainment across all subjects in the curriculum.”