BOOK fever swept across the area as thousands of youngsters celebrated World Book Day with a range of literary inspired events.
Dressing up as their favourite book characters, author visits, and reading challenges were among the many activities that brought the written word to life.
Flying Bull Primary, in Buckland, pulled off an amazing stunt as 400 pupils dressed up and read for five minutes each to male volunteers who came into the school.
Izzy Lewis, the school’s reading manager, said: ‘The youngsters were so excited and our volunteers were brilliant.
‘It’s important for the children to associate positive male role models with reading.’
At Crookhorn College of Technology, author Andy Briggs, who is supporting our literacy campaign Read All About It, wowed youngsters with tales from the jungle.
He has just released Tarzan: The Grestoke Legacy and is donating 10p of every sale to the EAZA Ape campaign, which the pupils designed leaflets to promote.
Megan Ashby, 11, said: ‘He’s inspired me to start writing.’
Meanwhile, pupils at Stakes Hill Infants and Hulbert Juniors dressed as book characters and Denyse Kirkby, writer-in-residence for Portsmouth libraries, was on hand to inspire short story writing at Westover Primary.
Writers who spent the day in our area included Miriam Halahmy to launch her book Illegal at Blackwells in Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Andrew Lane of Young Sherlock Holmes fame at Portsmouth Grammar School and Football Academy’s Tom Palmer at St Swithun’s Catholic Primary.