LADYBIRDS, pirates and book fans descended on South Shields Central Library for a fun event.
Classic children’s book characters came to life at a special storytelling session held at the Prince George Square centre in South Shields.
The famous publishers, known for classic tales such as Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, staged the unique event for pre-school children.
Youngsters had their faces painted and coloured in pictures, before sitting down to hear one of their favourite stories read out loud.
Ladybird experts were also on hand to speak to parents and offer some guidance and advice on reading with their children.
The event was to help celebrate and promote the joys of storytelling – from birth to children becoming confident young readers.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Generations of people have happy memories of growing up with Ladybird books, from traditional fairy stories to Peppa Pig and Topsy and Tim.”
Clare Craig, families and inter-generational librarian, said: “It was such a lovely morning. A lot of children came along dressed as ladybirds and characters from their favourite books – they all looked adorable.
“There was face painting, book sales, storytelling from Pirate Pete, and colouring in. The children all had a lot of fun.
“There was also some Ladybird experts on site to give parents tips about reading with their children and how to engage their kids in books. The event was a big success.”