Dressed like a book
It isn't every day that you see famous authors, superheroes and Hogwarts residents walking through local school hallways, but in Estacada last week you could find Hermione Granger, Batman and Laura Ingalls in various classrooms.
In honor of Read Across America Day, Clackamas River Elementary School and Estacada Middle School allowed students to dress as their favorite book characters — and many of them did.
Established by the National Education Association 22 years ago, Read Across America Day celebrates literacy and Dr. Seuss's March 2 birthday.
Some school districts, including Estacada, extend the festivities for an entire week.
Along with dressing up as literary characters, students wore outfits inspired by Dr. Seuss books and participated in a variety of reading-related activities.
Kindergartener Maggie Thorston dressed as Pigeon from "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" by Mo Willems. The story is about a bus driver who needs to leave his vehicle, so he asks the reader to not allow the pigeon to drive the
Thorston noted that she read the book herself and her favorite part is when the pigeon says, "Let me drive the bus!" She and her parents created her costume, her favorite part of which was the head.
Fourth graders Madison Gaul and Caleb Palmateer took inspiration from history for their outfits. Gaul dressed as "Little House in the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls, whose books details the lives of early American pioneers.
"There's funny stuff in it, and adventure," said Gaul.
Palmateer, meanwhile, dressed as George from "I Survived," by Lauren Tarshis, which focuses on a family that was aboard the Titanic. "It's interesting to see how people from 1912 are," said Palmateer, who said the details in "I Survived" help make it his favorite book.
First grader Cody Scott honored as comic-book hero Batman for a more practical reason. "It turned out I was wearing the shirt," he said. It was a fitting coincidence, he said, since he likes the character.
"He's super brave, and he's not afraid of anything," he said. "And he catches the Joker."
First grader Brianna Frazey dressed as a fairy from a library book. She couldn't remember the title but liked that "you learn a lot of things" from it. Her favorite part of her outfit was "playing with friends and pretending to be an actual fairy."
At Estacada Middle School, a group of students and teachers dressed as characters from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. Zoology and social studies teacher Christine Boatman noted the students' enthusiasm for the books was the inspiration behind the event.
"Our biggest readers are having quite a bit of fun," she said. "One student came in with the biggest smile on his face."
Sixth grader James Cole dressed as Gilderoy Lockhart, the Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." He chose this character since they are both members of the Ravenclaw House.
Seventh grader Grace Hammons dressed as Hermione Granger because "she's smart and knows what to do."
Sixth grader Karina Richards sported an assortment of "Harry Potter" related items, including a Gryffindor House scarf and pair of socks, Luna Lovegood glasses, a wand and a plush replica of Dobby the House Elf.
Students enjoy many elements of the "Harry Potter" books, including the mysteries they present.
"There are always questions you have, and you can talk about theories with friends," said Richards.
"It entertains me. It's amusing and fun to read," Cole added. "It keeps me occupied."
Boatman sees value in nurturing students' enthusiasm for books during Read Across America week and throughout the school year.
"It's fun to encourage kids," she said.