CHILDREN from Aclet Close Nursery School in Bishop Auckland celebrated World Book Day with a difference this year.

Older children attending the school took the bus into Bishop Auckland town centre to visit WHSmith, where they had the opportunity to swap their World Book Day vouchers for a book.

Deputy Head Teacher, Suzanne Staines, said that the trip provided lots of opportunities to develop important life skills including turn taking, road safety, and the following of instructions as well as supporting a love of reading. This was a lovely experience for the children and we all enjoyed it greatly.

Head Teacher, Lisa Jenkins, explained that while some parents revel in the opportunity to recreate their child's favourite book character, others face the day with dread, for various reasons. One being that families are having to stretch their budgets further and therefore not all are in a position to buy or make outfits that can often cost more than the price of a book.

She added WHSmith were brilliant, ordering in enough books for every child in the Nursery to have one and made the children and staff feel very welcome. She added that many shoppers commented on the children’s excellent behaviour and manners and that the children always do them proud.