In Pictures: Here are 47 creative World Book Day costumes across Portsmouth, Gosport, Emsworth and Havant

Children all over the country have celebrated the importance of books and Hampshire is no different – here are 47 incredible costumes.

From Miss Trunchball to Cinderella to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, parents have pulled out all of the stops this year for World Book Day. The idea behind is to encourage children to get reading and every child in education across the UK will receive a book token to spend at participating stores.

Here are 47 fantastic pictures of children dressed up for World Book Day: