Characters from Alice in Wonderland, Narnia and the Enid Blyton collection were found in classrooms across Hart and Rushmoor this World Book Day.

Pupils from Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet, Yateley and Eversley celebrated World Book Day on Thursday (March 6) by dressing up as their favourite book character, author or genre of book.

For students at Westfields Junior School in Yateley, the day highlighted the joys of reading and how magical books could be.

Lucy Stevenson, literacy manager at Westfields, said: “By celebrating authors, illustrators and their books, we aim to encourage reading for pleasure across the school.”


At Cranford Park Primary School, also in Yateley, staff as well as the children dressed up as their favourite book character, ranging from the likes of The Mad Hatter and the White Queen from Narnia to the Saucepan Man from The Faraway Tree.

Newlands Primary School in Yateley had a slight twist on the national day, focusing on aliens and astronauts.

The day was inspired by the book Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram.

World book day at St Neot’s School in Eversley was celebrated in two parts.

A secondhand book sale filled the corridors on Thursday, as children turned over books to find the perfect purchase. And Friday will see the houses come together for the finale of the literary house competition which has been running all term.

In Fleet, pupils at Tavistock Infant School celebrated with a special West End theatre performance, while Fleet Library hosted a free afternoon of stories, quizzes and word searches.

Young mingled with old when staff and residents at Bupa’s Freelands Croft nursing home in Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, welcomed children from the Kids Unlimited nursery over the road to celebrate World Book Day.

Cheryl Bunn, activities manager, said: “It is a good opportunity to bring the generations together and we have a lot of fun planned until Christmas.”

In Aldershot, pupils at Wellington Community Primary School arrived for lessons dressed as their favourite literary characters and holding the book that the character featured in.

Kate Kean, deputy headteacher at Wellington, said: “It was really nice walking around school and seeing children sat in every corner listening to older children reading."