Readers’s pics: Literary characters come to life

Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Hoards of Oompa Loompas, superheroes and safari animals went to school across Dacorum on World Book Day last week (Thursday, March 3).

Children as young as five weeks old got in on the fun as youngsters dressed up as their favourite literary characters for the 19th year running.

Malayah Goode, four, as Cinderella PNL-160403-153435001

Malayah Goode, four, as Cinderella PNL-160403-153435001

Schools in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and the villages were among the thousands across the globe that used the day to highlight the importance of reading.

The day, which was first set up by the World Book Day charity in 1997, is a celebration of authors, illustrators and publishers.

As well as getting the chance to dress up, the children were also given book tokens so they could choose one of ten £1 books released especially for the day.

The World Book Day website said: “It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.”

Michael Grant, nine, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-153447001

Michael Grant, nine, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-153447001

Sophie Webster, 10, as Mog from the Meg and Mog books PNL-160403-152438001

Sophie Webster, 10, as Mog from the Meg and Mog books PNL-160403-152438001

Aiden Levy, five, as Wally from the Where's Wally books. Sadly Aiden had to stay at home due to chickenpox, but mum Tracey said he still had fun PNL-160403-145032001

Aiden Levy, five, as Wally from the Where's Wally books. Sadly Aiden had to stay at home due to chickenpox, but mum Tracey said he still had fun PNL-160403-145032001

Evie Foster, three, as Stick man, from the book of the same name PNL-160403-151133001

Evie Foster, three, as Stick man, from the book of the same name PNL-160403-151133001

George Miles, four, as Simba from The Lion King PNL-160403-152416001

George Miles, four, as Simba from The Lion King PNL-160403-152416001

Hayley Johnson, four, as Mary Poppins PNL-160403-153359001

Hayley Johnson, four, as Mary Poppins PNL-160403-153359001

Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-151148001

Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-151148001

Jodie Belle Brooker, five, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-160827001

Jodie Belle Brooker, five, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-160827001

Kaydon Janes, six, as the bear from Don't Wake The Bear, Hare! PNL-160403-153410001

Kaydon Janes, six, as the bear from Don't Wake The Bear, Hare! PNL-160403-153410001