Local author Ellie Sandall teamed up with Peterborough Reads for a storytelling extravaganza in celebration of World Book Day.
On Friday 4 March, we borrowed the vibrant library bus for a tour of five nurseries and early years settings in Bretton, Peterborough. The final stop was at Bretton Library and invited local families and childminders to join us for an afternoon of bunny-themed literacy activities - including a story trail, crafting, and a reading from one of Ellie Sandall's stories. Our staff also dressed up as bunnies for some extra magic. Around 20 families attended the session at the library and every child who took part throughout the day got to take home a free book.
Ellie Sandall is a longtime supporter of Peterborough Reads, having previously partnered with us for Doorstep to Digital - a programme that supported 1,000 Peterborough families with literacy resources during lockdown. This event was part of a series of bustours happening across the city over recent weeks and months to help ensure that little ones start school with the skills they need.
Sally Atkinson, Hub Manager for Peterborough Reads, said: “It was great to have Ellie with us for our bus tour to help us World Book Day. Children love watching authors bring stories to life and this was no different! Being able to meet the author who's bunny characters were painted on the bus they were sat on proved to be very exciting. These events have the power to spark a child's love for reading and all the benefits it brings."