Imaginations have been running wild for young bookworms across West Norfolk as they celebrated World Book Day.
Children at schools across the area have been dressing as their favourite book characters, meeting leading authors and even learning how to write the perfect story as part of their events to mark the occasion.
Anyone who went along to Docking Primary on Thursday morning might have wondered what was going on, as pupils dressed as Wally from the Where’s Wally books for the day.
But there was a serious side to it all as the children paid for the chance to dress up, raising more than £100 for the school’s library in the process.
The school also held a second-hand book sale in aid of Book Aid International, the initiative’s chosen charity.
Fundraising has also been on the agenda at the Snettisham Primary School, where pupils are mid-way through a two-week Readathon to raise funds for three children’s charities, CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Readwell.
As part of the project, the children dressed as their favourite book characters for the big day.
Meanwhile, Norfolk-based author Sheridan Winn, who wrote the Sprite Sisters series of children’s books which is now being developed as a television series, visited the Glebe House School in Hunstanton to give an author’s workshop to pupils.
Headteacher John Crofts said they were thrilled to welcome the writer to the school.
He said: “I know our children will be inspired to hear an author share insights into the writing process and learn how to develop a plot and characters into an intriguing read.”
Another author in the area was Steve Parker, who has written or contributed to more than 300 science books for children and met youngsters at Howard Infant School in Lynn last Tuesday.
And the works of two popular writers inspired children at two other schools to dress up.
The characters of Julia Donaldson were recreated at Sedgeford Primary School, while Fantastic Mr Fox and an oompa loompa were among the characters to be seen at the Anthony Curton School in Walpole St Peter, where the children dressed as characters from the works of Roald Dahl.