Our snow-delayed celebration of World Book Day took place on Friday at Derby Grammar Junior School, and what a wonderful array of costumes and characters we’ve seen, from staff as well as pupils.

The highlight of the day was the judging of the best outfit in each year group. Each pupil announced to the school which character they were and from which book. The School Council judged the winners who were: Adam (Soot) and Ollie (Where’s Wally) in Year 3; Nic (Supertato) in Year 4, Elliot (Grandpa) in Year 5 and Jay (Skulduggery Pleasant) in Year 6.

The overall winner was Year 6 pupil Chris who was dressed as Tintin, complete with his pet dog Snowy.

The most popular character was Harry Potter and the most popular author was David Walliams.

In the run up to World Book Day we have also taken part in Share A Story. Boys were asked to tell us how they have shared their favourite story. Mrs Monk announced the winners today. Danny, Alex, Sam and Alex D were all Highly Commended, and the winner was Iósaif, who shared a story with his little brother using sign language.

Year 5 teacher, Mrs Hamilton said: “there has been so much excitement in Junior School all week in the build up to today, and there’s been a huge amount of fun this morning guessing characters and finding character partners across the different year groups.”

Mrs Sly, Head of Junior School, said: “a day like today really demonstrates how widely our boys read, and what enjoyment they get from reading and sharing their stories. It really is a pleasure to see.”

The boys have all paid £1 for their dress-up day. The money raised is being donated to the charity International Book Aid.