PICTURES: World Book Day celebrations at schools and libraries

All Saints Primary School, Clevedon.

All Saints Primary School, Clevedon. - Credit: Archant

Much-loved fictional characters inspired some creative fancy dress outfits at schools and libraries across North Somerset last Thursday.

Whether you prefer Dennis The Menace or Harry Potter there was something for everyone as World Book Day was celebrated in colourful style.

Most schools got into the spirit of the day, which aims to promote reading across the globe.

A book fair was held at Nailsea School while Clevedon’s St John The Evangelist Primary School also celebrated the opening a new library.

A lot of schools allowed children to dress up as a fictional character of their choice, but a Roald Dahl theme proved very popular at Backwell School. The idea coincides with 2017 being the 100th anniversary of the popular author’s birth.

Libraries, unsurprisingly, were busy with events for World Book Day too.

Rhymetime sessions for preschool children were held on Thursday in Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton, while Pill held an activities morning on Saturday.

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Cllr Felicity Baker, executive member for libraries, was pleased with the public’s response.

She said: “We’re proud to be part of the thousands of activities taking place across the UK and Ireland to mark World Book Day.

“It’s great to see children from local schools and nurseries discovering what’s available at their library.”