In pictures: World Book Day 2022 across Uttlesford

Students dressed up for World Book Day 2022 at Debden Primary Academy, Saffron Walden, Essex

Students dressed up for World Book Day 2022 at Debden Primary Academy - Credit: Debden Primary Academy

Children around the district have been celebrating World Book Day. These pictures are of some of the fun from across Uttlesford.

Katherine Semar Schools

Storyteller Janina Vigurs helps to open the new library Katherine Semar Schools, Saffron Walden, Essex

Storyteller Janina Vigurs helps to open the new library Katherine Semar Schools, Saffron Walden, on World Book Day - Credit: Saffron Photo

Storyteller Janina Vigurs visited Katherine Semar Schools, Saffron Walden, for World Book Day, had an interactive story-telling session with each class and helped to open the new school library.

Parents and businesses raised over £3,000 towards new books for the library through the 'Buy a book' appeal.

Librarians Jake and Julia gave Janina a tour of the library showing her the outside reading area, explaining how the books are catalogued and how children can find other books to enjoy.  

The children showed off the area where they can play chess or relax with a good book. Curriculum Ambassadors told Janina about their favourite books in the library.

Bright Horizons Nursery

Saffron Walden, World Book Day 2022. Emilia Eastwood as Red Riding Hood with her favourite book

World Book Day 2022 in Saffron Walden: Emilia Eastwood with her favourite book Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachel Mortimer. - Credit: Melina Eastwood

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Emilia Eastwood, age three, dressed as Red Riding Hood as her favourite book is Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachel Mortimer. 

Her mum took the picture before she went to Bright Horizons Nursery, Saffron Walden.

Debden C of E Primary Academy

Students dressed up for World Book Day 2022 at Debden Primary Academy, Saffron Walden, Essex

Students dressed up for World Book Day 2022 at Debden Primary Academy - Credit: Debden Primary Academy

At Debden Primary School, children's learning has been based around stories, characters and the wonder a book can bring.

They have shared stories with friends and listened to their teacher’s favourite childhood story books.

Friends of Debden School, the group of parents and family members who organise fun events for the children and fundraise, organised a book swap to share, reuse and recycle much loved stories. 

Thaxted Primary School

World Book Day celebrations at Thaxted Primary School were in full swing.

Fun at Thaxted Primary School for World Book Day 2022

Fun at Thaxted Primary School for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Thaxted Primary School

Students at Thaxed Primary School celebrating World Book Day 2022 with author Rosemary Hayes, Thaxted, Essex

Students at Thaxed Primary School celebrating World Book Day 2022 with author Rosemary Hayes - Credit: Thaxed Primary School

Patron of Reading, author Rosemary Hayes, came to visit the older children.  

She shared her experiences about life as an author and told the children all about her new book called Break Out. 

This follows the adventures of a girl called Flora who, following a global plague, finds herself in a world where her parents have disappeared and no phones or computers are allowed.  

The children loved hearing about her inspiration for the book and then enjoyed a writing workshop, where they got to imagine their own ideas based on an extract from the story.  

Acting Deputy Head, Emma Dymond said she is sure the visit has inspired a future generation of writers!

The Christian School, Takeley

At The Christian School in Takeley, staff and students had fun during World Book Day and got dressed up to celebrate.

Staff and students at The Christian School in Takeley, Essex dressed up for World Book Day 2022

Staff and students at The Christian School in Takeley dressed up for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: The Christian School in Takeley

St Thomas More, Saffron Walden

Students have been inspired by a wide range of books, as these costumes show at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Saffron Walden.

Three children dressed up for World Book Day 2022, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Saffron Walden

Fun for World Book Day 2022 at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Saffron Walden - Credit: St Thomas More

Students at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Saffron Walden, having fun for World Book Day 2022

Students at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Saffron Walden, having fun for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: St Thomas More

Radwinter Primary School, Saffron Walden

Children and staff at Radwinter CofE Primary School enjoyed dressing up as their favourite character for this year's Book Week in school.

Children enjoyed a fun-packed week of exciting activities including Mystery Readers, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), a Story in a Jar competition and a range of online workshops with authors and illustrators.  

The theme of the week was My Favourite Book and Mrs Bartram and Mrs Fuller hosted a whole-school community assembly with a costume parade on Friday.

Children in costumes for World Book Day 2022 at Radwinter Church of England Primary School, Saffron Walden

Some of the fun costumes at Radwinter CofE Primary School, Saffron Walden, for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Radwinter CofE Primary School

Children having fun for World Book Day 2022 at Radwinter CofE Primary School 

Children having fun for World Book Day 2022 at Radwinter CofE Primary School - Credit: Radwinter CofE Primary School

Felsted Prep School

At Felsted Prep School, there were a range of fun costumes, including superheroes, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter.

Essex: Fun at Felsted Prep School for World Book Day

Essex: Fun at Felsted Prep School for World Book Day - Credit: Felsted School

Felsted, Essex: Students and staff at Felsted Prep School in costume for World Book Day 2022

Lots of fun costumes for World Book Day at Felsted Prep School - Credit: Felsted School

World Book Day 2022 at Felsted Prep School, Felsted, Essex

World Book Day 2022 at Felsted Prep School, Felsted, Essex - Credit: Felsted School

R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden

The children and staff at R A Butler Academy fully embraced World Book Day with a playground parade that gave everyone the opportunity to admire the creative costumes.  

The Reading Ambassadors ran a World Book Day Assembly for the whole school, leading a book quiz and scavenger hunt.  

Students R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden, taking part in World Book Day 2022

Students R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden, taking part in World Book Day 2022 - Credit: R A Butler Academy

Students and teachers at R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden, taking part in World Book Day 2022

Students and teachers at R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden, taking part in World Book Day 2022 - Credit: R A Butler Academy

Students dressed up as their favourite book character for World Book Day 2022 at RA Butler Academy, Saffron Walden

Fun for World Book Day 2022 at R A Butler Academy, Saffron Walden - Credit: R A Butler Academy

Dunmow St Mary's Primary School

Dunmow St Mary's went hat crazy for World Book Day. Hats represented their favourite book character or a book itself. 

Students and adult in World Book Day hats at Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Great Dunmow

World Book Day favourite character hats at Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Great Dunmow - Credit: Dunmow St Mary's Primary School

As the 2022 World Book Day theme was ‘reading for pleasure’, during English sessions the students were asked to think about ways to celebrate the fact that they are readers and to produce artwork and writing about this. These will be shared with parents and families soon.

Classes also read books that represent the realities of children’s lives today. 

A school representative said: "It’s such a lovely opportunity to celebrate reading for the whole year rather than just a day of activities!"

Children in the hats from their favourite character or book for World Book Day, Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Essex

Children in the hats from their favourite character or book for World Book Day, Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Great Dunmow - Credit: Dunmow St Mary's Primary School

Children and an adult in hats for World Book Day at Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Great Dunmow

Fun hats for World Book Day at Dunmow St Mary's Primary School, Great Dunmow - Credit: Dunmow St Mary's Primary School

Bell Day Nursery, Saffron Walden

Bell Day Nursery and Preschool had lots of fun celebrating 25 years of World Book Day.

Staff and children had a week of dressing up as their favourite book characters.

They welcomed parents back into the nursery and preschool and celebrated by sharing stories and songs together.

Adult and a child reading a book, Bell Day Nursery and Preschool, Saffron Walden, Essex, WBD 2022

Reading fun at Bell Day Nursery and Preschool, Saffron Walden, for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Bell Day Nursery and Preschool


Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow

Students and staff at Helena Romanes School joined together to celebrate World Book Day.

They entered a competition for the best decorated World Book Day door.

In the secondary school, The Learning Zone used JK Rowling’s books as their inspiration as it is 25 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter book.

HRS, Great Dunmow's The Learning Zone's Harry Potter decorated door for World Book Day 2022

Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow: the secondary school's Learning Zone was inspired by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, for the competition for best decorated World Book Day door - Credit: Helena Romanes School

Other doors included the Worst Witch, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden, Ready Player One and Alice in Wonderland.

Door with witch outfit against a green background, Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, Essex

A door at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, inspired by The Worst Witch, for the competition for best decorated World Book Day door - Credit: Helena Romanes School

A decorated door at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, Essex for World Book Day 2022

A decorated door at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, for the competition for best decorated World Book Day door - Credit: Helena Romanes School

A decorated door at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, for World Book Day 2022

A decorated door at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Helena Romanes School

The Primary phase had an interactive door for the Gingerbread Man with real gingerbread.

Harry Potter themed caked were on sale in the dining hall.

Harry Potter inspired cupcakes on a Platform 9 3/4 backdrop at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, for World Book Day 2022

Harry Potter inspired cupcakes on a Platform 9 3/4 backdrop at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Helena Romanes School

The children of HRS Primary had their first World Book Day, and characters included everything from traditional tales like The Three Little Pigs to more contemporary classics, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter.

Students in primary phase at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, Essex dressed up for World Book Day 2022

Students in the primary phase at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, dressed up for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Helena Romanes School

Adult and children dressed in costumes for World Book Day 2022, Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, Essex

The Primary phase at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, having fun for World Book Day 2022 - Credit: Helena Romanes School

They've also been on a trip to Dunmow Library, where the primary children were given a tour of the facilities and allowed to borrow a favourite book of their choosing.

Primary children from Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, visiting Dunmow Library, Great Dunmow, Essex

Primary phase at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, visiting Dunmow Library - Credit: Helena Romanes School


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