Children at The Hampshire School, Chelsea, celebrated World Book Day, dressing up as their favourite book character in celebration of a love for reading.
The day was met with enthusiasm from pupils and staff alike, with a wide variety of fancy dress costumes on display.
Children in the main school paraded class by class in the school hall alongside their form teacher while those in Early Years were joined by a group of parents for an exciting reading session accompanied by an array of puppets and other props.
“World Book Day is always a wonderful occasion both for the children and for the school as a whole,” commented Early Years teacher Stefanie Ross.
“Books remain as important as ever for children growing up and it’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm from the pupils at The Hampshire School. From the White Rabbit to Where’s Wally, we had a fantastic array of costumes from both staff and children and a wonderful time was had by all.”
Organised originally by UNESCO and in its 20th year, World Book Day takes place annually on April 23 with children across the world celebrating the joy of reading by dressing up and holding parades.
The event is recognised in over 100 countries, however in the UK the celebration is traditionally held on the first Thursday of March as the April date clashes with the Easter holidays.