FANCY dress and storytellers made World Book Day a huge success across the city.
Schools throughout Sunderland and County Durham joined in the fun by dedicating the day to books and reading.
Staff and pupils donned costumes of characters from books and many took their favourite books to school.
At Durham School the children were lucky enough to have a visit from popular storyteller, Chris Bostock.
Princesses, knights, superheroes and even the three bears were among the audience who listened while Chris told his tales.
Nicola McCann, director of marketing at the Durham City school said: “We were very lucky to get Chris to join us on World Book Day and had to book him around two years ago. He had the children spellbound and entranced.”
Milk and cookies were on offer for the children from Biddick Primary School when they were invited along to Sainsbury’s in Washington for World Book Day.
Around 45 youngsters from the school took part in the reading corner event.
Gabi Oughton, who works at the store, said: “It was a great way to get across to the community that reading really does matter and helps our kids to explore their imagination to the fullest.”
Staff at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Ashbrooke, also threw themselves into the fun as they joined pupils in dressing up as their favourite literary characters.
The whole English department dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland and highlights from the day included a World Book Day flashmob in the playground.
English and media teacher at the Willow Bank Road school, Nicola Redpath, said: “It is amazing how many of the boys love to get involved with reading and promoting it around school.”
At Rickleton Primary School the children got creative by taking part in a Popple’s Tales session making their own mini flip books.