The magic of World Book Day came to primary age youngsters today, when dressing up and reading their favourite authors proved popular in class, and for children learning at home.

Ledbury Primary School had an unexpected visitor join them for World Book Day. The year 2 pupils have been reading the book called Gorilla by Anthony Browne where a little girl’s toy gorilla comes to life and takes her on a magical visit to the zoo.

A spokesman said: "To their excitement the children came in from their lunch break to find a gorilla sat in the book corner in their classroom! Other children throughout the school had great fun dressing up as different characters from their favourite books such as Harry Potter, Little Red Riding Hood, Where’s Wally and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory."

At Much Marcle Primary, children both in class and at home dressed as if for bedtime to enjoy their favourite bedtime takes.

And youngsters at Ashperton Primary dressed up as favourite characters, from witches to pirates, with plenty of fairytale characters in the mix.