World Book Day 2022: Children from across district celebrate their literary heroes

Lenny Mansell-Baron, age 4, as the Tin Man.

Lenny Mansell-Baron, age 4, as the Tin Man. - Credit: Steph Mansell

From Cruella DeVille to Aslan, this year's parade of World Book Day costumes certainly didn't disappoint.

We've been inundated with images sent in by proud parents, showing off their youngsters' literary inspirations, and are pleased to share some of them with you today.

Marnie Hart as Coco Chanel for World Book Day.

Marnie Hart as Coco Chanel for World Book Day. - Credit: Jenna Hart

But one story particularly touched our hearts, that of four-year-old Lenny Mansell-Baron, who dressed up as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

His mum Steph explained how he has multi-cystic kidney dysplasia, has already undergone two major heart surgeries with at least another two more needed, and is susceptible to upper respiratory infections.

Because he is so vulnerable, Lenny has been shielded with his mum for much of the last two years.

Although he started school in September, after a week his was admitted to hospital with sepsis, and was then on and off until November when they started shielding again. 

"Even though we have got him into school this week with lots of restrictions still in place, he isn’t allowed to join in with the other children though, and had to watch his class and the rest of the school via an iPad this morning doing their World Book Day parade, but still joined in with the dressing up.

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"I think he looks great, but he has missed out on so much, and it absolutely broke his heart this morning that he couldn’t join in with everyone dressed up in the parade and could only participate virtually," added Steph.

Thanks again for all your contributions!

Izzy as Cruella DiVille.

Izzy as Cruella DiVille. - Credit: Lucy Walker

Matilda Miller age 9 as Aslan and Scarlett Miller age 10 as Newt Scamander.

Matilda Miller age 9 as Aslan and Scarlett Miller age 10 as Newt Scamander. - Credit: Rebekah Miller

Giorgio aged 8, and Rosa aged 2, as Harry and Hedwig.

Giorgio aged 8, and Rosa aged 2, as Harry and Hedwig. - Credit: Danielle Picton

Alexia Ostler, 7, as Jessie from Toy Story.

Alexia Ostler, 7, as Jessie from Toy Story. - Credit: Jess Majercin

Amelia and Jaxson Whitaker from Mandeville Primary School as Gansta Granny and BFG.

Amelia and Jaxson Whitaker from Mandeville Primary School as Gansta Granny and BFG. - Credit: James Whitaker

Harriet (7) and Elizabeth (10) from Maple Primary School

Harriet (7) and Elizabeth (10) from Maple Primary School - Credit: Christina Brown

Hadley Meads, aged 7 as Jessie with her trusty steed Bullseye from Toy Story.

Hadley Meads, aged 7 as Jessie with her trusty steed Bullseye from Toy Story. - Credit: Zoe Meads

Tiana from St John Fisher School in Marshalswick as an Oompa Loompa.

Tiana from St John Fisher School in Marshalswick as an Oompa Loompa. - Credit: Jessica Smith

Evelyn aged 6 and Aubrey aged 2 as Cinderella and her Prince Charming

Evelyn aged 6 and Aubrey aged 2 as Cinderella and her Prince Charming - Credit: Jessica Smith

Isabella Hope as the March Hare.

Isabella Hope as the March Hare. - Credit: Hannah Hope

Maisie, eight, and Rosie, three, both as Mary Poppins.

Maisie, eight, and Rosie, three, both as Mary Poppins. - Credit: Charlotte Buckman

Quintin (8 months) as a wizard.

Quintin (8 months) as a wizard. - Credit: Jazzi Craddock

Freya and Luke as Cruella DiVille and Elmer.

Freya (year 2) and Luke (nursery) both at Mandeville Primary in St Albans planned and designed their own outfits. Freya is Cruella DiVille from the original Dixie Smith book- it was very important to her she went as the original version not the Disney/cartoon version, while Luke wanted to be Elmer. - Credit: Carolyn Philpot

Emmeline Murray, 7, as the “other mother” from Coraline, complete with buttons!

Emmeline Murray, 7, as the “other mother” from Coraline, complete with buttons! - Credit: Andrew Murray

Olivia Quinn, 8, from Shenley, as Mary Poppins.

Olivia Quinn, 8, from Shenley, as Mary Poppins. - Credit: Sinead Quinn

Ava Rosa as Frida Kahlo. She wanted to send the message of peace: 'FRIEDE'.

Ava Rosa as Frida Kahlo. She wanted to send the message of peace: 'FRIEDE'. - Credit: Maria Rosa

Brooke Collins, age 6, How the Leopard got its Spots.

Brooke Collins, age 6, How the Leopard got its Spots. - Credit: Juliet Collins

William McKinney, aged 3 dressed up as his number one character- The Gruffalo.

William McKinney, aged 3 dressed up as his number one character- The Gruffalo. - Credit: Lauren McKinney

Peter White as Ash

Peter White (aged 10) from High Beeches Primary, Harpenden dressed as Ash from the FrostHeart trilogy. His family sent a message to the author on the way to school and very kindly he replied. - Credit: Anita White

Kaiser, 7 years old (Mr. Fox) and Lana four, as Red Riding Hood.

Kaiser, 7 years old (Mr. Fox) and Lana four, as Red Riding Hood. - Credit: Thufela Haque

Brooke Collins, age 6, How the Leopard got its Spots.

Brooke Collins, age 6, How the Leopard got its Spots. - Credit: Juliet Collins