Favourite children’s book characters come to life in Sheffield for World Book Day

Betsy, 5 and Lily 8 Holt World Book Day
Betsy, 5 and Lily 8 Holt World Book Day

The nation’s best-loved literary creations were brought to life as youngsters in Sheffield celebrated World Book Day.

Pupils at schools across the city transformed themselves into characters from the pages of children’s classics for the annual reading festival.

Lily Stone reading 'I'll Catch You If You Fall' with illustrater Layn Marlow at Waterthorpe Library for World Book Day

Lily Stone reading 'I'll Catch You If You Fall' with illustrater Layn Marlow at Waterthorpe Library for World Book Day

Classrooms and corridors teemed with faces from time-tested tomes like Mary Poppins to modern bestsellers such as Gangsta Granny.

Lound Junior School, in Chapeltown, was among many schools getting into the spirit. Children there showed off their fancy dress finery in the library, which was recently redecorated by the artist Chris Ashmore.

Proud parents answered The Star’s call by sending photos of their little ones in costume for our online gallery, and you can see a selection of the finest efforts here.

Younger children also got in on the act, thanks to children’s illustrator Layn Marlow, who ran workshops for three to five-year-olds at 
libraries around the city.

Pupils at Loundside Academy dress up for World Book Day

Pupils at Loundside Academy dress up for World Book Day

She embarked on a whirlwind tour of Sheffield Central, Crystal Peaks and Ecclesall libraries where she held a series of fun sessions based on her book I’ll Catch You If You Fall.

Pupils at Loundside Academy dress up for World Book Day

Pupils at Loundside Academy dress up for World Book Day

World Book Day Amy-Leigh Lucas age 7 dressed as Roly poly bird from anonymous crocodile

World Book Day Amy-Leigh Lucas age 7 dressed as Roly poly bird from anonymous crocodile

World Book Day Madison Jackson and she is 11 The Mad Hatter

World Book Day Madison Jackson and she is 11 The Mad Hatter

World Book Day Jordon Horton age 9 as Harry Potter

World Book Day Jordon Horton age 9 as Harry Potter

World Book Day Bailey Shingler age 11 dresses as Gangster Granny !

World Book Day Bailey Shingler age 11 dresses as Gangster Granny !

World Book Day Eleanor Holmes as Mary poppins 4 years old

World Book Day Eleanor Holmes as Mary poppins 4 years old

World Book Day Hannah Toner aged 10 as Mr Stink

World Book Day Hannah Toner aged 10 as Mr Stink