IT’S World Book Day - and we want to know how your little Harry Potters, Hungry Caterpillars and Willy Wonkas will be enjoying the event.

School children and their teachers across south Wiltshire have been busy preparing their costumes for the annual day.

And we hope to show off as many of them as possible in a special online gallery today and in the Journal newspaper next week.

Last year saw some amazing efforts and we’re hoping to again highlight all the hard work that goes into transforming your children into book characters for the day.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the annual celebration of reading, authors and illustrators.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries across the globe, World Book Day gives little ones the chance to dress up as their favourite book characters and take part in school games that will help encourage a love of reading.

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, as well as developing a broader vocabulary, increasing their general knowledge and gaining a better understanding of other cultures.

Our gallery will be up and running this morning, so as soon as the kids are ready, send in your pictures using the link below. Don't forget to let us know your child's name!

Send us your pictures from this year's World Book Day! Don't forget to let us know your child's name and age in the caption

Jackson (6) dressed as Elliot from E.T. Chase (5) dressed as Owen from Jurassic World.

Jackson (6) dressed as Elliot from E.T. 

Chase (5) dressed as Owen from Jurassic World.
Jodie Daley
Jackson (6) dressed as Elliot from E.T. 

Chase (5) dressed as Owen from Jurassic World.
Jodie Daley

Matthew aged 7 as Wally from Where's Wally Jessica aged 4 as Elmer the Elephant

Matthew aged 7 as Wally from Where's Wally
Jessica aged 4 as Elmer the Elephant
Alexa Bradley
Matthew aged 7 as Wally from Where's Wally
Jessica aged 4 as Elmer the Elephant
Alexa Bradley

Freddie Boyd, aged 7,Willy Wonka from Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Freddie Boyd, aged 7,Willy Wonka from Charlie and the chocolate factory.
Community contributor
Freddie Boyd, aged 7,Willy Wonka from Charlie and the chocolate factory.
Community contributor

Thomas Ashton age 9 as Harry Potter with little brother Harry 3 as Willy wonka. His first World Book day 😀 They attend Pembroke Park school and Nursery.

Thomas Ashton age 9 as Harry Potter with little brother Harry 3 as Willy wonka. His first World Book day 😀 They attend Pembroke Park school and Nursery.
Michelle Ashton

The winners of Sarum St Paul's World Book Day competition.

The winners of Sarum St Paul's World Book Day competition.
Deborah Gregory

Izabella Wilson age 8 is Sophie from BFG Xx

Izabella Wilson age 8 is Sophie from BFG Xx
Cindy Wilson

Today Chafyn Grove was filled with witches, wolves, dragons and villains of all shapes and sizes as the children and teachers celebrated World Book Day. The hero of the day was our storyteller, David Allen, who kept the children mesmerised by an enactment of the causes of WW1 and moving stories of life in the trenches.

Today Chafyn Grove was filled with witches, wolves, dragons and villains of all shapes and sizes as the children and teachers celebrated World Book Day. The hero of the day was our storyteller, David Allen, who kept the children mesmerised by an enactment of the causes of WW1 and moving stories of life in the trenches.
Chafyn Grove
Today Chafyn Grove was filled with witches, wolves, dragons and villains of all shapes and sizes as the children and teachers celebrated World Book Day. The hero of the day was our storyteller, David Allen, who kept the children mesmerised by an enactment of the causes of WW1 and moving stories of life in the trenches.
Chafyn Grove
Today Chafyn Grove was filled with witches, wolves, dragons and villains of all shapes and sizes as the children and teachers celebrated World Book Day. The hero of the day was our storyteller, David Allen, who kept the children mesmerised by an enactment of the causes of WW1 and moving stories of life in the trenches.
Chafyn Grove
Today Chafyn Grove was filled with witches, wolves, dragons and villains of all shapes and sizes as the children and teachers celebrated World Book Day. The hero of the day was our storyteller, David Allen, who kept the children mesmerised by an enactment of the causes of WW1 and moving stories of life in the trenches.
Chafyn Grove

Sienna aged 8 as Gangsta Granny and Oscar aged 5 as Horrid Henry

Sienna aged 8 as Gangsta Granny and Oscar aged 5 as Horrid Henry
Kelly Morgan

Tessa Bailey 5. As Foxy Loxy 🦊❤️🦊❤️

Tessa Bailey 5. As Foxy Loxy 🦊❤️🦊❤️
Melissa Allen
Tessa Bailey 5. As Foxy Loxy 🦊❤️🦊❤️
Melissa Allen

A rainbow dinosaur from the book ‘dino’

A rainbow dinosaur from the book ‘dino’
Donna Shannon

Charlie, Age 10 - Willy Wonka Jack, Age 7 - Mad Hatter Holly, Age 5 - Goldilocks

Charlie, Age 10 - Willy Wonka 
Jack, Age 7 - Mad Hatter
Holly, Age 5 - Goldilocks
Sam Creese

Rose age 10 as Ann Boleyn Pixie age 3 as little red riding hood

Rose age 10 as Ann Boleyn 
Pixie age 3 as little red riding hood
Kevin Compton
Rose age 10 as Ann Boleyn 
Pixie age 3 as little red riding hood
Kevin Compton

Kian aged 7 years dressed as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean book series

Kian aged 7 years dressed as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean book series
Salina Tizard

Poppy Smith Age 5 as Little Red Riding Hood (with toy wolf!)

Poppy Smith Age 5 as Little Red Riding Hood (with toy wolf!)
Abigail Spencer

Ted, age 6, as Willy Wonka. He also made Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge-Mallow Delights for his classmates!

Ted, age 6, as Willy Wonka. He also made Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge-Mallow Delights for his classmates!
Kate Pendlenton
Ted, age 6, as Willy Wonka. He also made Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge-Mallow Delights for his classmates!
Kate Pendlenton

Kian 7 years as Harry Potter Zara 3 years The witches

Kian 7 years as Harry Potter 
Zara 3 years The witches
Salina Tizard

The Roly Poly Bird and George Pig

The Roly Poly Bird and George Pig
Lynn McGrane
The Roly Poly Bird and George Pig
Lynn McGrane

Will as Tintin

Will as Tintin
Community contributor

This is little Leo dressed as Spider-Man he is 8 weeks old

This is little Leo dressed as Spider-Man he is 8 weeks old
Emma Spreadbury

Lily topham age 3 dressed as alice

Lily topham age 3 dressed as alice
Community contributor

Peyton topham age 3 dressed as belle.

Peyton topham age 3 dressed as belle.
Community contributor

My little man dress as a fireman whilst stealing his dads beret

My little man dress as a fireman whilst stealing his dads beret
Jade Gerrard

Hugo, Age 4

Hugo, Age 4
Zoe Noble
Hugo, Age 4
Zoe Noble

Sam age 11 as Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter!

Sam age 11 as Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter!
Laura Parsons

Our son Ryan,8, dressed up as Harry Potter

Our son Ryan,8, dressed up as Harry Potter
Jennifer Burton
Our son Ryan,8, dressed up as Harry Potter
Jennifer Burton

Emily Dudgeon (age 10) dressed as Jessica Beaker from Jacqueline Wilson’s “My Mum Tracy Beaker”.

Emily Dudgeon (age 10) dressed as Jessica Beaker from Jacqueline Wilson’s “My Mum Tracy Beaker”.
Brian Dudgeon

Paige 8 Lucy 5 Lady Love (Stickman) Highway Rat

Paige 8
Lucy  5
Lady Love (Stickman)
Highway Rat
Diane Bushnell

Little red riding hood for world book day x Amber aged 4

Little red riding hood for world book day x Amber aged 4
Kelly Nash
Little red riding hood for world book day x Amber aged 4
Kelly Nash
Little red riding hood for world book day x Amber aged 4
Kelly Nash
Little red riding hood for world book day x Amber aged 4
Kelly Nash

Teddy from Just Juju is visiting pre school establishments this week dressed as a super hero!!!!!!!

Teddy from Just Juju  is visiting pre school establishments this week dressed as a super hero!!!!!!!
Julie Lindsey

Finlay Harris, age 4

Finlay Harris, age 4
Jennifer Harris

Connor age 10 Ryan 9 Bradley 7

Connor age 10 Ryan 9 Bradley 7
Leanne Hearne
Connor age 10 Ryan 9 Bradley 7
Leanne Hearne

Amelia writing her own unique book about the Advetured of her puppy Polo .

Amelia writing her own unique book about the Advetured of her puppy Polo .
Amelia Barclay
Amelia writing her own unique book about the Advetured of her puppy Polo .
Amelia Barclay

Laila 8 Professor McGonagall Gracie 5 Cruella Deville

Laila 8 Professor McGonagall Gracie 5 Cruella Deville
Community contributor

Lincoln, Age 6

Lincoln, Age 6
Laura Jack

Jacob age 11 as James Adams from the Cherub books. Darcey age 5 as Rapunzel

Jacob age 11 as James Adams from the Cherub books. Darcey age 5 as Rapunzel
Donna Reid

This is my daughter Brooke Washer aged 4 as Little Red Riding Hood for her first ever world book day. She was so excited!

This is my daughter Brooke Washer aged 4 as Little Red Riding Hood for her first ever world book day. She was so excited!
Emma Washer
This is my daughter Brooke Washer aged 4 as Little Red Riding Hood for her first ever world book day. She was so excited!
Emma Washer

Thing 1 & Thing 2 for world book day 2019

Thing 1 & Thing 2 for world book day 2019
Community contributor

Cat in the hat aladdin and Dennis the mence

Cat in the hat aladdin and Dennis the mence
Community contributor
Cat in the hat aladdin and Dennis the mence
Community contributor

Thomas and Sophie Kinsey Thomas is the pig who build a house of bricks and Sophie is fern from Charlotte's web

Thomas and Sophie Kinsey
Thomas is the pig who build a house of bricks and Sophie is fern from Charlotte's web
Annmarie Kinsey
Thomas and Sophie Kinsey
Thomas is the pig who build a house of bricks and Sophie is fern from Charlotte's web
Annmarie Kinsey

World book day 2019 Lola-Faith Kington aged 6 dressed as Mary Poppins. Skyla-Rose Kington aged 3 dressed as Goldie Locks.

World book day 2019 

Lola-Faith Kington aged 6 dressed as Mary Poppins. 
Skyla-Rose Kington aged 3 dressed as Goldie Locks.
Jessica Kington

Isabella (3) decided to change her costume last minute and declared that she is not batgirl, she is Batman. Dave’s cave is her favourite book and we read it together in a deep caveman voice :-)

Isabella (3) decided to change her costume last minute and declared that she is not batgirl, she is Batman. Dave’s cave is her favourite book and we read it together in a deep caveman voice :-)
Community contributor

World book day 2019!

World book day 2019!
Angela Bryant
World book day 2019!
Angela Bryant

Lily (8) and Conor (6) as the Scarecrows wedding

Lily (8) and Conor (6) as the Scarecrows wedding
Alison Flack
Lily (8) and Conor (6) as the Scarecrows wedding
Alison Flack

Annabelle Donohue age 5 as Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Annabelle Donohue age 5 as Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Leean Donohue