World Book Day: Share your pictures of young bookworms in Norfolk and Suffolk

Unbelievably good costumes for World Book Day at Howard Junior School, Kings Lynn. Photo from Howard

Unbelievably good costumes for World Book Day at Howard Junior School, Kings Lynn. Photo from Howard Junior School. - Credit: Howard Junior School.

Youngsters around the region will spend the day as their favourite book characters today.

Eight-year-old Nancy Black dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter on World Book Day. Picture: Mari

Eight-year-old Nancy Black dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter on World Book Day. Picture: Maria Black - Credit: Archant

World Book Day - this year marking its 20th anniversary - is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators and books marked by more than 100 countries around the world.

It is a chance for schools and parents to encourage children - and teachers - to dress as their favourite characters, receive book tokens and take part in events.

Parents and schools from around the region have been sending us pictures of their day - including one from Beeston Hall School of author Julian Segwick knife juggling during a visit.

The school also welcomed author Vivian French to talk to children from six different schools in the area.

Arthur Welin, aged seven, as Harry Potter on World Book Day. Picture: Jess Brooks

Arthur Welin, aged seven, as Harry Potter on World Book Day. Picture: Jess Brooks - Credit: Archant


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Though the date changes every year, in some countries it is celebrated on April 23 - William Shakespeare's birthday.

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Darcie Burgess dressed up as 'Katie' from the 'Katie' books for WBD celebrations at Harleston Prima

Darcie Burgess dressed up as 'Katie' from the 'Katie' books for WBD celebrations at Harleston Primary School. Photo from Jamie Burgess - Credit: Jamie Burgess

Jacob, age 5. dressed as Stickman for World Book Day. Photo from Lucy Williamson.

Jacob, age 5. dressed as Stickman for World Book Day. Photo from Lucy Williamson. - Credit: Lucy Williamson.

Zac, age 7, dressed up as Willy Wonka for World Book Day. Photo from M.Garrod.

Zac, age 7, dressed up as Willy Wonka for World Book Day. Photo from M.Garrod. - Credit: M.Garrod.

Harry Potter and Lucy Pevensey (from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe) all ready for World Book Day! Pho

Harry Potter and Lucy Pevensey (from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe) all ready for World Book Day! Photo from Charlotte Ashe. - Credit: Charlotte Ashe.

Mylee, aged 6, dressed as Princess Poppy for World Book Day. Photo from M.Garrod.

Mylee, aged 6, dressed as Princess Poppy for World Book Day. Photo from M.Garrod. - Credit: M.Garrod.

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Author Julian Segwick knife juggling at Beeston Hall School. Photo from Beeston Hall School.

Author Julian Segwick knife juggling at Beeston Hall School. Photo from Beeston Hall School. - Credit: Beeston Hall School.

Author Vivian French posing with children from 6 different schools that attended a world book week t

Author Vivian French posing with children from 6 different schools that attended a world book week talk in Beeston Hall School. Photo from Beeston Hall School. - Credit: Beeston Hall School.

Long Stratton High pupils celebrate World Book Day. Photo from Long Stratton High.

Long Stratton High pupils celebrate World Book Day. Photo from Long Stratton High. - Credit: Long Stratton High.

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Pupils at Thetford Grammar School dressed up as characters from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Photo fro

Pupils at Thetford Grammar School dressed up as characters from The Sorcerers Apprentice. Photo from Thetford Grammar School - Credit: Thetford Grammar School

Pupils at Thetford Grammar School dressed up as characters from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Photo fro

Pupils at Thetford Grammar School dressed up as characters from The Sorcerers Apprentice. Photo from Thetford Grammar School - Credit: Thetford Grammar School

To mark World Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form

To mark World Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form door in the school into a colourful tribute to a favourite book. Photo from Wayland Junior Academy Watton - Credit: Wayland Junior Academy Watton

To mark World Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form

To mark World Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form door in the school into a colourful tribute to a favourite book. Photo from Wayland Junior Academy Watton - Credit: Wayland Junior Academy Watton

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Nelson Academy as Peter Pan! Photo from Nelson Academy

Nelson Academy as Peter Pan! Photo from Nelson Academy - Credit: Nelson Academy

Southery Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo from Southery Academy

Southery Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo from Southery Academy - Credit: Southery Academy

KES Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo by KES Academy

KES Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo by KES Academy - Credit: KES Academy

North Wootton Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo from North Wootton Academy

North Wootton Academy celebrate World Book Day. Photo from North Wootton Academy - Credit: North Wootton Academy

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Pupils at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall Photo from Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall. - Credit: Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall

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