Bath schoolchildren's Guinness Book of Records for World Book Day
More than 250 young bookworms have gathered in Bath in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records.
Pupils from King Edward's Junior School and Combe Down Primary School took part in a mass English lesson, which was partly taken by local children's author Joanna Nadin.
Schoolchildren across the city took part in similar activities to mark World Book Day, including many who dressed up as their favourite literary characters.
Youngsters at Widcombe Infants, St Saviour's Juniors, The Paragon School and Corsham Primary School showed off some of their best costumes. At KES, 288 youngsters were counted into the hall at the junior school's North Road site by official adjudicators, before sitting in groups to participate in the 30-minute lesson. They listened to an extract from Joanna's book Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker, which inspired the attempt, and learnt about nouns, verbs and spelling. Joanna, who lives in Camden, said visiting schools to talk to children about her writing was one of the best parts of her job.
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She said: "I spend a lot of time on my own, trying not to stare out of the window, so you can often forget that these are read by real people. Seeing their excitement makes the sitting on your own really worthwhile."
The school will get official confirmation of the record for the most children in an English lesson at one time in a few weeks' time.