Your pictures from World Book Day 2023

Children across the country dressed up as their favourite literary characters for the annual celebration of children’s books on Thursday.

See our photo gallery to see some of this year’s colourful characters.

Organised by the National Literacy Trust, World Book Day has been running for more than 25 years and has become an essential date of the year for schools and communities across the world.

The National Literacy Trust said: “Since it was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland over 25 years ago, the day has grown to become an essential calendar fixture for schools, settings and communities.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on reading for pleasure, supporting children’s autonomy in book choice, and embedding a habit of reading that brings a wide range of benefits.”

It is celebrated in more than 100 countries across the world.

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