Leeds: Share your World Book Day photos

Pudsey Lowtown Primary School pupils celebrating a previous World Book Day.
Pudsey Lowtown Primary School pupils celebrating a previous World Book Day.
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Harry Potter, The Gruffalo, The Cat in the Hat, who will your little ones be dressing up as this Thursday?

Now in its 18th year, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries and schools and nurseries across Leeds are organising a host of activities to celebrate the joys of reading.

And we want to find out how you’re getting involved. Send us pictures of your children dressed as their favourite characters and we will create a gallery of your photos. Email yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk with their name, age and the character they are dressed as. Or tweet photos to @LeedsNews with the same details.

And if your youngster loves writing as much as reading, they’re in luck – the YEP launches its storywriting competition today.

To enter, they have to write a story of 200 words or less, starting with the following, which is not included in the word count: “It really felt like the first day of Spring. Amongst the snowdrops I saw something sparkling on the grass...”

There are categories for primary, secondary and pupils at special schools.

The winning stories will be read out by Kate Pankhurst, Leeds illustrator and author of Mariella Mystery Investigates series, at a special event at Leeds Central Library, on April 10.

Send entries to hannah.start@jpress.co.uk or use the share a story button on our website before March 20. Entries may appear in the paper and online. For rules go to www.johnstonpress.co.uk/competition.

The competition is part of our YEP campaign to Get Leeds Reading. We want to recruit 50 volunteers to support youngsters in Leeds primary schools.

We have teaned up with campaign partner Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets and supports volunteers to help children who have fallen behind with their reading.

The charity trains helpers to read with primary school pupils for two 90 minute, one-to-one sessions per week, term-time only.

No previous experience is required. You will be trained. All you have to provide is a minimum commitment of 12 months and a love of reading: westyorkshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk; 0845 450 0344 or beanstalkcharity.org.uk.