A MYRIAD of children's book characters came to life during parades at Kerang and Cohuna on Friday.
The conclusion to Children's Book Week activities marked the 40th anniversary of the annual parade of Kerang district schools.
School class groups from Kerang's pre-schools and primary school and outlying schools at Koondrook, Lake Charm and Murrabit gathered for the annual school book writing and illustrating awards before parading through the shopping centre.
Kerang Primary School principal, Brenten Taylor said that it was a special day to celebrate literature and literacy.
He said that the school had pioneered the event and had then been joined by neighbouring schools.
The milestone parade was preceded by a morning tea where former teachers and librarians reminisced about past parades.
Gannawarra mayor, Cr Brian Gibson said that the Children's Book Week theme "Escape to Everywhere" was very appropriate.
"Escape to somewhere, imagine you are there, involved in the story," he said.
"Use your imagination and let it take you somewhere else."
* COHUNA'S district schools marked the end of book week with their annual book parade at Garden Park.
Cohuna Consolidated School, St Mary's, Leitchville Primary School and Leitchville Pre-school were all there and dressed up as story characters from favourite books the classes had been reading.
Costumes ranged from a convincing gang of Ned Kellys to an entire class dressed up as crayons. Other costumes included characters from Dr Seuss' beloved Cat in the Hat, Roald Dahl's The BFG, and a collection of fairy tale characters coming from Cohuna Consolidated's prep class.
The children marched with banners they had painted with the covers of the books their classes had been reading.
The parade concluded a week of celebrations where students focused on reading and writing by authoring their own books, which will be on display at the schools' libraries for students to read throughout the rest of the year.
Cohuna Consolidated School principal, Daniel Nemtsas said parents told him they were happy to see their children writing as well as reading, as both are equally important.
Gannawarra Library Service programs officer, Pia Frisby announced the best book, The Cat that went to Space, by Sophie Link, who was awarded the library's award.
Mr Nemtsas said the day was a great success, with numbers swelling to twice those of the previous year's parade, with families and local shop owners coming out to watch the event as well.