Dressed to impress. Pupils at St Michael’s Academy got into fancy dress to celebrate World Book Day last Thursday. The South Lynn school was one of only a few in West Norfolk able to mark the day as many were closed due to snow and ice. Picture: Tony Jones

Pupils at St Michael’s Academy in South Lynn enjoyed a fun-filled World  Book Day.

Youngsters dressed up as their favourite book characters, including Little Bo Peep, the Little Mermaid, Batman and Little Red Riding Hood.

The school held a book swap and sale to raise money for new books.

Pupils also took part in a competition to design a book mark and a Where’s Wally quiz around the school.

Year two teacher Natalie Darby said: “The school council requested that we raise money for new topic books and we raised £72.”

Many West Norfolk schools were forced to postpone their World Book Day celebrations due to heavy snow last week.

Most have been rearranged to take place over the following weeks.

World Book Day is an annual event to promote reading.  The event celebrates books and offers children the chance to dress-up as their favourite characters and play games linked to their favourite stories.

The day is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide and is now in its 21st year. It is also a celebration of authors and illustrators.