North Devon schools are celebrating World Book Day today (Thursday) by dressing as characters from their favourite tales. Usually children put on their fancy dress - but pupils at Park Community School in Barnstaple had a surprise when they found their teachers transformed into book characters. English teacher Marie Jones said: We wanted to surprise the students and so far they have been shocked and delighted. We will be reading them a short story at the beginning of each lesson as well. At Orchard Vale School, pupils and staff dressed up to enjoy a day of book fun, with readings, story time, book sharing and discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. The whole school also got into the spirit at Pilton Community College, with fancy dress, competitions and a day of events organised by Ann-Marie Hall. It included a visit by Tanya Landman, author of Carnegie Medal-winning novel Buffalo Soldier. She said the school had a real buzz about it: World Book Day is absolutely brilliant I have so many friends that are writers and all of them are off visiting schools around the country. Its a fantastic celebration of books and writing. The Gazette is asking readers to send their World Book Day photos to add to our online gallery. Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @northdevon24 or post them on our Facebook page.