Children's fancy dress helped to liven up National Children's Book Week recently, with schools all over the country joining in with activities to celebrate their favourite characters and stories.

Our Lady's Prep School in Wokingham was one institution taking part in the fun, with both children and staff really enjoying dressing up, headteacher Helene Robinson told the Wokingham Times.

"It gives the children a chance to participate in book-related activities which can help them to see reading as pleasurable and fun," she commented.

Among the participants was one youngster in Winnie the Pooh fancy dress to commemorate the stories by AA Milne.

Children at Callow End Primary School also wore costumes and joined in with fun events, the Malvern Gazette reported.

National Children's Book Week 2010 was held between October 4th and 10th and this year's theme was books around the world. The 79th annual event aimed to encourage little ones to read more widely and from a range of different cultures.