World Book Day 2024

Schools across the Wensum Trust have been celebrating World Book Day.

From dressing up as their favourite character, to swapping old books for new, children spent the day immersed in the pages of a wide range of books.

Garrick Green Infant School’s World Book Day was themed ‘emotions’ with children dressing up as emotions and reading books about all the different ways we can feel. The school also had a visit from a parent who has published her own book about emotions and answered questions from the children. 

Just down the road at Lodge Lane, the school had a fairytale theme and the children made gingerbread men, which they ate with hot chocolate whilst listening to bedtime stories.

Fireside Junior School got creative with one of the most versatile of vegetables and made potato book characters. There was a potato Paddington Bear, BFG and an Oompa Loompa among the many creations.


Hellesdon High School had a full programme of events to celebrate the joy of reading, including ‘The Masked Reader’ competition where students had to guess the masked readers from around the school. Alongside this, they held a book swap shop, had book themed snacks from the canteen and launched ‘Book Bingo’, which encourages reading and pushes boundaries of what students might normally read.

Emily Percival teaches English at Hellesdon High and explains why World Book Day is so important: “Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. Celebrating a love of reading is not something that should stop when you reach secondary school. We want to see more children developing a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and benefiting from the improved life chances this brings them."