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Pupils from a Portsmouth school took a ‘novel’ approach to World Book Day.

Groups of youngsters from Stamshaw Junior School embarked on a mission to spread their love of literature by hiding 500 books donated by parents across the city for people to find.

Stamshaw Junior School pupils (back l-r) Jamie Everest (8), Morgan Jeans (10), Madeline Owen (10) and Elisha Straw (11) with (front l-r) Harvey MacPherson (8), Joshua Miles (9), Maddie Edwards (9), India Talley (9) and Taliah Addiscott (10) with their free books they hid around the city. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150422-9927)

Stamshaw Junior School pupils (back l-r) Jamie Everest (8), Morgan Jeans (10), Madeline Owen (10) and Elisha Straw (11) with (front l-r) Harvey MacPherson (8), Joshua Miles (9), Maddie Edwards (9), India Talley (9) and Taliah Addiscott (10) with their free books they hid around the city. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150422-9927)

Deputy head teacher Izzy Lewis said the books had been placed everywhere from Cosham to the Charles Dickens statue in Guildhall Square.

Ms Lewis said: ‘These are books we really love and are close to our hearts, so we’re passing on our happy memories and hoping they’ll make new memories for others.’

Year 6 pupil Madeline Owen, 10, said her favourite book was Shadow by Michael Morpurgo.

She said she liked it because: ‘It’s full of adventure and it really gets you into the life of a soldier.’

The children get an opportunity to get a book and it really brings the whole school community together.

Darran Cowell

Dozens of schools across the area also marked World Book Day with children and teachers dressing up as their favorite characters including Harry Potter, Goldilocks and Little Miss Spider.

At Copnor Primary School, infant pupils mixed with juniors to read and take part in a fact-finding activity.

Year 6 pupil Samira Collins, 11, dressed as Paddington bear.

Samira said: ‘The Paddington books are my favourite books. They make me laugh.

‘My mum made my costume. It took her all week.’

Classmate Alyssa Chidolue, 10, dressed as Hermione from the Harry Potter series.

‘She’s my favourite character,’ Alyssa said. ‘She’s really strict but she’s really nice as well.’

The school’s English manager Darran Cowell said: ‘This event encourages children to participate in reading. The children get an opportunity to get a book and it really brings the whole school community together.’

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