Children across Southwark dressed up as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day.

The children were paid a special visit by publisher Penguin Random House, with the publisher’s staff delivering interactive sessions, quizzes and storytelling.

Penguin also donated around 4,000 books to the schools that they visited across London including Burgess Park, Grove Nursery School, Community Nursery and Hollydale Primary School in Southwark.

A representative from Grove Nursery School said: “It is really important that we regularly read and share stories with young children.

“World Book day provides a wonderful opportunity to bring stories to life and the staff and children have made a fantastic effort to bring their favourite story characters to life through dressing up today.”

Assistant headteacher at Hollydale Primary School, Farhana Sultana added: “Our children love stories, adventures, and most of all they love to talk about books and ask questions.

“Books are freedom bound within paper walls so World Book Day for us is about letting children discover books while highlighting that books are still important in our 21st century.”

A spokesperson from Burgess Park Community Nursery added: “This means a lot to us as it supports our pedagogical approach to literacy; our aim is for all our children to become confident talkers so they will be able to be confident readers.

“Parents reading with their children is key to their children’s success.”


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