Schools all over the borough were celebrating World Book Day on Thursday, March 3, including Sunflower Nursery in Twickenham and Collis Primary School in Teddington.

The event, which asks school children to dress up as their favourite book character, encourages enthusiasm for books and literature in children.

The Sunflower Nursery advised their pupils to dress up, bring in their favourite books and share stories.

The nursery managed to raise over £80 for the Neuroblastoma Charity, an organisation that funds vital research to find improved treatment for this type of childhood cancer.

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Sunflower children: Anoushka (4) Ethan (4), James (4) and Chestr (4) with teacher, Sarah Sahlool

Susan Vick, head teacher, said: "World Book Day at the nursery was a great, fun morning with a theme of stories, literacy and sharing books all week, while raising awareness of the charity".

Collis Primary School was also among the institutions taking part in the event.

Pupils enjoyed a fun packed day with activities organised throughout to encourage readers to pick up a book.

The day featured workshops for all the children led by author Adam Guillain and a catwalk parade for pupils to showcase their favourite book characters, the best dressed winning a book of their choice.

Teachers also got involved in the celebrations and donned their own costumes for the occasion. Rebecca Hubbard, English co-ordinator of the school said: "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, remembered for a long time to come."