If you have spotted some seriously funny looking characters in ballymena today it could be because today is World Book Day. On World Book Day lots of children get the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character from a book and talk about them with their classmates.

Here are some of the best costume ideas we found online via Pintrest.

On World Book Day children also receive a book token which can be exchanged for a free World Book Day book of used to save £1 on you child’s favourite titles. Here are the selection of free books which are on offer – Pre schoolers should be familiar with Kipper the dog, Roald Dahl writes the delightful “The Great Mouse Plot” and older kids will be keen to catch up on the latest stories from”The World of Norm”. Teens will be familiar with writers like Rainbow Rowell who wrote bestsellers like “Landline” and “Attachments”.

Ballymena schools celebrates World Book DayNow in its 19th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Visit the World Book Day website which has lots of brilliant resources and videos from amazing writers and illustrators – enough to get event the least enthusiastic child involved. They also have a great Bumper Book Quiz.

The World Book Day books are available at Waterstones in Ballymena but be quick before they get picked over!