Opening doors on World Book Day

Children love to dress up, and what better day to do it than World Book Day, writes Fr Ian. It’s a joy and delight to visit a school on World Book Day and today I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to St John’s School, Longsight, one of our parish schools.

I attended a special assembly led by a pirate headteacher, and I wondered at the huge variety of colourful and creative costumes worn by children and staff.

It was especially encouraging to see children and parents in many cases had resisted the temptation to buy expensive shop made costumes and instead had adapted children’s clothing or added accessories to outfits. The pirate leading encouraged this too by explaining how he had made his costume. The whole assembly was a  wonderful encouragement to creativity and enjoyment in the school.

I was also interested to hear of different ways to mark the day – in addition to costume wearing. Mrs Francis, Head of School, told me how she had in the past worked with children so that each decorated a potato as a favourite book character.

A special feature this year at St John’s was a competition. Mrs Gordon, a Year 6 teacher, had the innovative idea of inviting children to design the door of the house of a favourite character from a book. There were many lovely entries, from all ages. It was a pleasure to be part of the judging team selecting five entries to especially honour. It was a hard task too!

Now here are the five doors selected, and the question to you, dear reader, is can you identify the characters whose doors these are? (You’re welcome to give your answers in the comments section below)


… and to find out some books which have inspired staff and children at St John’s click here.

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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