© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
From left to right, Chicka Chicka Boom (Jodie Bzdel), Junie B. Jones (Marnie Moiruik), Thing 2 (Stacey Moser), the Big Bad Wolf (Theodore Chowdhury) and Cpt. Braid Beard (Joleen Lichtenwald) read their favourite books at St. Mary School Wednesday. Students and staff dressed up as their favourite literary charactes as part of the Books with Breakfast event the school held in partnership with Reading Town Canada.
Students, teachers dress up as favourite literary characters
Jessica Chowdhury has read all 56 books in the Heartland series. She also watches the television series.
The Grade 8 St. Mary School student was dressed up as “Lou” – one of the main characters in the literary series.
“I dressed up as Lou because I love reading the Heartland books,” Chowdhury said.
She was not, however, the only one in her school to dress up as her favourite literary character Wednesday.
Students and staff from St. Mary took part in Breakfast with Books, which not only gave students the opportunity to dress up, but do so while sharing information with others about who they are and what book they were from.
Principal Sarah Phipps had previously held Breakfast with Books events in past years at other schools she was at, but changed things up this year as part of Reading Town Canada.
“We thought at St. Mary School it would be nice to do it as a school community,” said Phipps. “So we thought what better way to sit down – kind of like an adult would with morning coffee, breakfast and a newspaper – and show the kids what that looks like, while sharing their love of learning and while dressed up as literary characters.”
Sydney Wells, a Grade 6 student, was dressed up as Hermione from the Harry Potter series.
“I got this scarf while I was at (Walt) Disney World during Easter break and I felt like I wanted to dress up as Hermione today,” Wells told the Times-Herald.
Kiera Macnevin was dressed up as Mickey Mouse. The Grade 2 student said she was eager to dress up as the acclaimed disney character mostly because her mom glammed her up with makeup.
“But I did the mascara myself,” Macnevin noted.
Other literary characters that made an appearance at St. Mary included the Big Bad Wolf, Chicka Chicka Boom, and Braid Beard from Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.
Phipps, who baked 180 muffins for breakfast, was dressed up as Thing 1 from Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Three teachers were dressed up as Thing 2, Thing 3 and Thing 4, complete with blue wigs.
“Dr. Seuss is a role model for children everywhere, listening to rhyming and learning about phonics,” said Phipps. “He's a really good one to try and have as a role model to have as a favourite literary character.”
She added it’s important to explain to kids why reading is important, even if it’s not sitting down and reading a book. It can also sometimes be a challenge, said Phipps.
“Even if the child is not as motivated we try to find the ways to motivate that child to get to love reading.”
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks