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Illustrations Come to Life for World Book Day

Thursday, 03 March 2016

It was as if children’s book illustrations had come to life at Beech House as the children celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite storybook characters!

Lots of children turned into Hogwarts pupils for the day, coming into school as characters from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. There were also plenty of princesses from classic fairytales like Cinderella or Rapunzel, and many of characters from Roald Dahl’s stories, from Willy Wonka to the B.F.G. In addition, characters from classic children’s fiction – such as Mary Poppins, Oliver Twist, Paddington Bear and even Mr Bump from the Mr Men – found themselves rubbing shoulders in Beech House.

A host of girls dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood just like Mrs Taylor, the Head of Beech House. Other members of staff got involved too, with teachers dressing as Goldilocks, Charlotte from ‘Charlotte’s Web’, and the Year 1 teachers wearing matching costumes as the crayons from ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

During morning assembly, all of the teachers shared their favourite stories from when they were younger, from ‘My Naughty Little Sister’ by Dorothy Edwards, to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven books, to the many wonderful books by Roald Dahl. It was fantastic to see so many of the pupils putting up their hands to say that they too had enjoyed these stories.

The children enjoyed a day filled with book-related activities in their classrooms, and children in Year 1 had the special treat of a visit from children’s book illustrator Lesley Danson.

Lesley brought in lots of examples of her work to show to pupils, including original drawings and paintings so that they could see the process from the original to the page in the book. She also brought with her some copies of the books she had illustrated, and explained some of the things she had to think about when creating images: how the pictures would look on the page and how they would fit with the text. This led to the children making some great illustrations of their own, inspired by Lesley’s work and ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’.

All of the children at Beech House enjoyed World Book Day, especially sharing some of their favourite books and stories with one another.


To view a gallery of photos from World Book Day, click here.

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Pupils at Beech House dressed as their favourite book characters

Pupils at Beech House dressed as their favourite book characters

Lesley talked about her drawings

Lesley talked about her drawings

Looking at some of Lesley

Looking at some of Lesley's fabulous illustrations