World Book Day – on Thursday, March 3 – aims to give every child and young person a book of their own, starting a lifelong love of reading for pleasure, telling stories and sharing books.
And as the annual celebration arrives for another year, children across the county have pulled out all the stops with some fantastic fancy dress to embody their favourite characters.
From childhood classics to new favourites, here are some of the outstanding outfit photographs sent into the Gazette from proud families.
Thank you to everyone who has shared a photograph so far. Don’t worry if you can’t see your picture here – we have been sent so many we can’t feature them all at once, but we will be running more in due course. For more information about how to share your picture with us, click here.