Local children get creative and dress up for World Book Day

World Book Day 2024 has been celebrated throughout the Lisburn and Castlereagh area with hundreds of schoolchildren – and school staff - joining in the fun of the international celebration of books and reading.

Many left their normal school uniforms at home and instead dressed up for the day as characters from their favourite books.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO in 1995 and now is marked in more than 100 countries. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

We asked our readers to share photos of their children dressed up for this year’s World Book Day and we were thrilled with the response.