Pupils went to extremes to show their love for reading

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Youngsters chose some weird and wonderful settings for a special reading challenge.

Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District was the choice of one youngster when his school tasked pupils to enter a competition to read their favourite book in an unusual or extreme place and have their photograph taken.

Ten-year-old William Newman’s fellside efforts to catch up on Bear Grylls won the judges over in the junior section of the competition run by Whitechapel Primary School. And the entry of five-year-old Andrew Baines, who sat among some young puppies to read The Very Bouncy Bear, was chosen by the infant judges.

Teacher Melissa Connell said the competition had been suggested by the library service as a good way to celebrate World Book Day.

She said: “We had all kinds of entries – children reading on construction vehicles, in the foundations of extensions, on roofs, in a swimming pool and in boats. It was really good and we celebrated by everyone bringing their favourite books in and the older children reading to the younger ones.

“Then parents came in and we had a display of all the photographs to share and
see and the children talked about where they had been reading.

“It was a big success and a nice alternative to dressing up.”