Youngsters to dress up for World Book Day 2017

From Mad Hatters to Harry Potters and Willy Wonkas - they'll all be heading off to school in Kent today, as schools celebrate World Book Day.

Bliss Wilson from Dale Hall Primary School dressed as Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series for World Book Day.

Teachers are also being encouraged to get into the literary spirit with their costumes, and we're putting together a special online gallery of all your fabulous creations, so if you're all decked out send your pictures here.

In its continuous drive to remain at the forefront of engendering educational learning amongst young Nigerians, Heritage Bank Plc joined in celebrating the "World Book Day" by means of implementing one of its literacy initiatives and donation of books to schools. In 2016, a poll found that one in 10 people in the United Kingdom across all demographics did not own a book.

The annual event sees children (as well as teachers) all over the United Kingdom dressing up and taking part in events that schools and community groups run to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading.

For the first time this year, World Book Day has been extended to all 13 government-run prisons in London, including Belmarsh and Pentonville, with children visiting parents in prison to receive books from Thursday to the weekend. One in four children (25.2%) said that the first book they had ever bought was with the WBD token issued a year ago and for pupils receiving free school meals, this increases to nearly a third (32.9%).

Recognised by UNESCO, the main aim of the day is to encourage children to explore reading.

  • Carolyn Briggs