Send us your pictures: World Book Day celebrated across the Calendar region

World Book Day is being celebrated across the region. Credit: PA

Thousands of children across the region are dressing up today in celebration of World Book Day.

It's the biggest annual celebration of reading for children and is marking its 20th anniversary this year by distributing 15million £1 book tokens in schools across the UK Ireland.

Each year schools are invited to embrace the event. The World Book Day Award challenge also encourages schools to create their own 'world of stories' inspired by a children's book, which was Oliver Jeffers' 'A Child of Books' this year.

Cherry Burton Primary School has won first prize this year for its 'Old Curiosity Shop' entry, earning its pupils £5,000 worth of books.

World Book Day is all about celebrating books and finding fun ways to encourage children to read for pleasure. This year, schools said that 'the challenge has brought a bigger focus on books and stories' and 'prompted a different approach to reading for enjoyment', which is incredible to hear, and the time, creativity and imagination in the entries is breath taking. >

Kirsten Grant, World Book Day director.

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For more details on the event visit www.worldbookday.com.