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Celebrations for World Book Day
World Book Day event
The event's aim is to celebrate literature and encourage reading
Free books have been given away to people across Devon and Cornwall to mark World Book Day.

In Devon, children at Hennock Primary School near Newton Abbot, were asked to dress up as characters from their favourite story or nursery rhyme.

Pupils from Pendeen Primary School in Penzance made bookmarks.

The event, in its 11th year, was designated by UNESCO as a celebration of books and reading, and is marked in more than 100 countries.

The origins of the day come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St George's Day.

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