Children across the Scarborough area celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from their favourite books.
Among the events, at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary School, pupils made a dash for the beach dressed as characters from the Where’s Wally books, including Wizard Whitebeard, Wenda and Woof the dog.
Headteacher Louise Finlay said: “We’re trying to give reading a high profile by making it fun.”
Reception pupils at Gladstone Road Infant School had their first-ever visit to a library. Pupils at the school also enjoyed a book fair and a talk from a visiting librarian.
Deputy headteacher Claire Barber said: “We want reading to be seen as fun and engaging and we want to encourage life-long readers.”
World Book Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and this is its 17th year. Organised by UNESCO, the agency of the United Nations which promotes education, its aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.
Research in the UK found that 57 per cent of children spent one hour or less reading during the recent half-term. Around a third spent most of their time playing video games or on a tablet/iPhone, with only 12 per cent saying they spent it reading.