GALLERY: Your photos as children across the region dress up for World Book Day

Children across the region are dressing up as their favourite characters for World Book Day.

The annual charity event celebrates well-loved books, their authors, and the importance of reading.

Kids are encouraged to dress as someone – or something! – from their favourite book, and are given a voucher from their school to spend on any book they choose.

Starting in the UK and Ireland in 1997, World Book Day is marked and celebrated in over 100 countries.

It comes as the Express & Star's Cash for Schools campaign continues, giving an opportunity for local infant, junior and primary schools to win a share of £12,000 cash to spend on whatever they wish.

Tokens will be printed everyday in the Express & Star up to and including Saturday 2nd April -which school will you be collecting for?

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the costumes.

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