World Book Day 2024 in Derbyshire: 40 incredible photos of children dressed up as their favourite characters

From Harry Potter, to Willy Wonka – from Mary Poppins to Gangsta Granny, amazing costumes have been created to mark World Book Day.

Children across Derbyshire went to school dressed as their favourite characters today (March 7).

The day is an annual charity event held on the first Thursday of March every year to provide every child in full-time education with a voucher to be spent on a book of their choosing.

World Book Day aims to encourage reading for pleasure amongst children and is promoted in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Schools often ask both pupils and teachers dress as their favourite book characters.

The Derbyshire Times asked readers to send in pictures of their World Book Day costumes.

Below are just some of the photos we were sent of children dressed as their favourite characters.

Also look out for a schools gallery later – as our photographer has been out and about visiting schools across Derbyshire today.