Dressing up to mark World Book Day in Sunderland

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YOUNGSTERS were dressed for the part when they visited a Sunderland bookshop.

Children from Southwick Community Primary School donned costumes and went along to Waterstones bookshop.

Pupils from Southwick Primary school, Karleigh Smith and Ryan Tirrell visit Waterstones bookshop as part of World Book Day.

Pupils from Southwick Primary school, Karleigh Smith and Ryan Tirrell visit Waterstones bookshop as part of World Book Day.

The event was held as an early celebration of World Book Day and the children had the chance to exchange tokens for something new to read.

Costumes, costing £150, were donated to the children by Sainsbury’s and staff from the stores also went to the event to read stories to the children while they were in the shop. Pauline Walmsley, a member of staff at the school, said the youngsters really enjoyed the day. She said: “Our children don’t always get the chance to experience bookstores, so this was a good way to promote a love of books.”

Sainsbury’s, which is building a new supermarket in Wessington Way, will be donating a range of books to Southwick Community Primary School’s library when it is opens next month.

Schools across Sunderland will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday.