Storybook heroes are celebrated in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 08:49 14 March 2016

World book day at Littletown primary school. mhh 09-16TI 2089. Picture: Terry Ife

World book day at Littletown primary school. mhh 09-16TI 2089. Picture: Terry Ife

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School pupils at Honiton and across East Devon dressed as characters from their favourite stories to celebrate World Book Day last week.

From caped crusaders to fairytale heroines, from Harry Potter to Where’s Wally? they wore a variety of colourful costumes to mark the day.

First launched 19 years ago, the event, which is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, is marked in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Organisers say that the main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

On World Book Day, every child who is in full-time education in the United Kingdom is given a voucher to be spent on books.


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