YOUNG bookworms in South Tyneside transformed into their favourite literary characters to celebrate World Book Day.
Across the borough, children went to school dressed as everything from Where’s Wally and Little Red Riding Hood to The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
Special celebrations were held at Central Library in Prince Georg Square, South Shields.
Pupils from Jarrow’s Fellgate Primary School, among others, visited the library for a story-telling session.
Reader development librarian Pauline Martin said: “A company called Animal Story came into the library with a millipede, gecko, boa constrictor, cockroaches and a rainforest frog, and told a story about the rainforest.
“The children loved it. Some of them were scared but others loved holding the animals, and they all looked great in their costumes.
“World Book Day is all about celebrating reading for fun. Of course it’s important for education too, but we want children to pick up a book because they want to, not just because they’re told to.”