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Hundreds celebrate their love of reading

Pupils (left to right)  Harry Zackrisson (8), Ellie Scott (8) and Paige Gardner-Bourne (9) all from St Stephen's Primary School at Longbenton take part in 'A Festival Of Reading' event at the Langdale Centre, Howdon.
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Pupils (left to right) Harry Zackrisson (8), Ellie Scott (8) and Paige Gardner-Bourne (9) all from St Stephen's Primary School at Longbenton take part in 'A Festival Of Reading' event at the Langdale Centre, Howdon. REF 0606144984

Hundreds of young bookworms took part in a day-long celebration of reading.

More than 700 children from 26 primary, secondary and special schools in the borough took part in the ‘Festival of Reading’ organised by North Tyneside Council.

The children, aged between four and 14, enjoyed tales from local writers and storytellers, and took part in book-based workshops.

Special guests included Scottish author Stewart Reid, local storyteller Tony Wilson and Darlington-based illustrator Liz Million.

Mayor Norma Redfearn also attended, reading to the children from a ‘storytelling chair’.

Mrs Redfearn said: “It is essential that we encourage our young people to have a positive relationship with books and reading from an early age, and that we nurture that interest as they grow.

“Literacy is an invaluable life skill, and we must do all we can to develop and stretch our children’s reading and writing capabilities.

“Events like this are essential in helping children to understand that books are fun, magical things that can bring enjoyment as well as learning.”

The event was modelled on the format of the Northern Children’s Book Festival, and its purpose was to promote reading in North Tyneside schools as well as in the wider community.

Workshops were based along the themes of ‘Dark Secret Reading Room’, ‘Fun with French’, ‘Brilliant Baking’, ‘Super Science’, ‘Crafty with Books’, ‘Outdoor Challenge and Gardening’ and ‘Cuckomondo.’

The Seven Stories bookshop was also on offer, as well as crafts from North Tyneside’s School Library Service.

 

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