PICTURES: Hartlepool youngsters dress up for World Book Day

From Mad Hatters to Minnie Mouse, Hartlepool youngsters dressed up as their favourite characters for World Book Day.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Friday, 4th March 2016, 9:21 am
Ethan, 5, as The Mad Hatter
Ethan, 5, as The Mad Hatter

The annual event, run by a literacy charity, is aimed at encouraging school children to get excited about the world of books.

The national day has grown each year with thousands of youngsters across the town getting in the spirit and going to school dressed as their heroes.

Ethan, 5, as The Mad Hatter

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This year’s bookworms included Emily Docherty, four, who showed there’s no place like Hartlepool when she dressed as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

Here’s some of our other favourites.

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Nicole, nine, and Ruby, five, as Cleopatra and Princess Jasmine
Tiegan Hall, 7, as Princess Jasmine
Millie Craddock as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz
Kiera-Leigh as Minnie Mouse
Harrison, three, as both Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller
Ethan, 5, as The Mad Hatter
Nicole, nine, and Ruby, five, as Cleopatra and Princess Jasmine
Tiegan Hall, 7, as Princess Jasmine
Millie Craddock as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz
Kiera-Leigh as Minnie Mouse
Harrison, three, as both Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller