YOUNGSTERS at a borough school received a surprise gift last week as part of an initiative to encourage them to read.
Sixty reception children at Cullercoats Primary School were treated to a free picture book to mark International Book Giving Day last Thursday.
The books came courtesy of Cate Mathews and Hannah Fuller of Bookhappy, which runs pre-school sessions at the nearby community centre as well as working with children in school.
Cate said: “What better way to mark International Book Giving Day than to provide young children with a free book they can take home and share with their families.
“Reading is a great activity for parents and grandparents to share with children, and we hope this will encourage families to read together.”
Cullercoats Primary teacher Jennifer McCall said: “We strongly believe enjoying books is a key element to helping children learn to read successfully and Bookhappy has certainly helped with that.
“Cate and Hannah have provided highly enjoyable and interactive sessions with our reception children to get them engaged and interested in books.”
Visit www.bookhappy.co.uk for details.