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Give the gift of reading to children in Peterborough this Christmas

11 Nov 2022

Xmas Pboro bookgifting

Book gifting with Peterborough Reads

Local literacy campaign Peterborough Reads, delivered by the National Literacy Trust, is running its annual book gifting campaign for the city’s most disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Members of the public are being asked to donate new books suitable for children aged 9-11 at either The Cresset or the Metro Bank by Friday 16 December. The books will then be distributed through schools and volunteer Literacy Champions to children most in need.

For many of the lucky recipients, their new book will be their first. Research shows that 1 in 11 disadvantaged children in Peterborough do not have a single book of their own, making them six times more likely to read below the expected level for their age.

“With the current cost of living crisis impacting families across the city and research showing that so many children don’t own a single book, we’re asking people to support this scheme for Christmas if they have the means."

Sally Atkinson, Manager for Peterborough Reads

Suggested book donations

Suggested titles are listed below and donations should be wrapped with a sticker stating the title of the book.

  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • This Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo
  • Beast Quest series by Adam Blade
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon & Hannah Bailey
  • Arthur and the Sword in the Stone by Mairi Mackinnon & Teresa Martinez

"We want to make sure that every child in Peterborough can enjoy the many benefits of reading – from improved attainment to better wellbeing - and this is one way to help. Thank you to everyone who donates a book!"

Sally Atkinson, Manager for Peterborough Reads
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