Bailey Ouslinis as the book worm.
Bailey Ouslinis as the book worm. John Gass

Students throw the book at fun

IF YOU spotted a number of small Vikings, cats, cartoon characters and clowns in Murwillumbah today, never fear, you are not going loopy.

The fantasy characters were at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School as part of their Book Week celebrations.

The students dressed up in everything from Vikings to strawberries on Wednesday.

The Children's Book Council of Australia promotes Book Week every year and for the past 13 years St Joseph's have been celebrating it with style.

This year's theme was champions read and the school had the champion that is Spiderman come to visit.

Five-year-old Liam Brown and six-year-old Jackson Johnson, both dressed as Spiderman, said they loved to read because it was fun.

"I dressed up like Spiderman because I thought he might come and visit," Liam said.

Bailey Ouslinis, 7, dressed up as a book worm from a classic tale by Dr Seuss.

"I like to read because it's fun to look at the pictures," he said.

Library manager Melissa Fraser said she was blown away by the commitment students gave to Book Week and associated activities.

"The parents and students always go all out and it is so well supported by the staff," she said.

"It's been overwhelming the amount of support we get and the costumes are just great."

For the past term all students read one of the books for a short listed selection of books.

Mrs Fraser said the students worked hard on art work, costumes and a lot of other activities in the lead up to the big week.

The school also snapped photos of people reading in all different situations.

"It's been just fantastic; teachers and parents need to lead by example and the staff and the parents here are doing a great job of that," she said.

Students will spend the rest of the week sharing stories, on excursions and learning by interactive literacy.

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