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They’re potty about day of books!

Bookworm pupils and teachers go to school dressed up as their favourite characters from literature

08 March, 2019 — By Emily Finch and Calum Fraser

Brothers Milo and Riley at Tufnell Park School as Harry Potter

THORNHILL Primary School yesterday (Thursday) marked World Book Day by launching a new community library that will sit outside the school gates.

Residents living near the school in Barnsbury will be able to pick up donated books from the portable library for their young children.

Headteacher Jenny Lewis said: “Reading is a very big focus for us at the school. We want to make sure children here are reading for pleasure. This free library outside the school will encourage this.”

Ms Lewis said it was “important” for her pupils to enjoy books from around the world to better understand other cultures.

Thornhill Primary School pupils, Charlotte, Max, Kimiko and Charlie, show off their Little Free Library with headteacher Jenny Lewis and Suetshan Huang

Thornhill pupil Moe, 10, celebrated the day by dressing up as Major Major Major Major from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.

Ella, 11, as Mr Bump, and Aakifa, also 11, dressed up as Cat in the Hat at Thornhill Primary School

He said: “World Book Day is a great way for everyone to have fun.”

Tufnell Park School pupil Finn dressed up as The Grinch

Asked why he chose his costume, he said: “He’s a really funny character and makes fun of the war. Some of the jokes in the book are very funny.”

Thornhill pupil Charlie dressed as the Queen of Hearts

His classmate Georgina, 11, was dressed as a “fairy-tale fairy”.

Tufnell Park School pupil Zachary as Mr Gum

“It’s a bit meta,” she said.

The school in Thornhill Road is currently fundraising for a new library space for pupils in their playground which is set to be opened later in the year.

Thornhill Primary School pupil Moe, 10, dressed as Major Major Major Major, and fairy-tale fairy Georgina, also 10

Miniature Harry Potters, BFGs and Cinderellas flooded into Tufnell Park School as schoolchildren dressed up.

Martin Scarborough, headteacher at the Dalmeny Road school, said: “The costumes are a lot of fun – our parents and children really go to town. This type of day also helps our children widen their experience of books, reading and language, as with all our World Book Day activities.”

Tommy at Tufnell Park School as the BFG

There was story sharing, book-swaps and performances at the school.

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