Book Week will celebrate 70 years of introducing young minds to books across Maitland and the rest of the country this week.
While the humble book sale will fill libraries with the familiar, comforting smell of new books, many schools will go the extra mile to celebrate in colour.
Students at St Aloysius at Chisholm dressed as pirates, rabbits and superheroes to bring their favourite characters to life.
Principal Suzanne Fern said she was happy to see children, parents and teachers use their creativity to showcase their love of books.
“The costumes where parents and kids had worked together really stood out,” Mrs Fern said.
“We even had a book fairy, where one creative parent had folded the pages of a book into wings and a tutu.”
Mrs Fern said Book Week and the parade exposed children to stories they may not otherwise read.
“Despite access to so much technology, children still benefit from developing a love of literature,” she said.
“We had teachers dress up as witches and wizards and talk to the children about their own favourite childhood books.”
While none of the students knew their principal’s childhood favourite, Milly-Molly-Mandy, Mrs Fern said children must always be taught to love their books.
The Mercury is calling on all schools celebrating Book Week to submit their photos to our gallery and show their love of the classic book.
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