A book for Christmas for every school child in Hastings!

20 Nov 2019
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Hastings children will experience the joy of receiving their very own book for Christmas this year, thanks to Bloomsbury and our Literacy Hub in Hastings.

More than 9,000 brand new Bloomsbury books will be winging their way to Hastings school children - from reception to Year 9 (ages 5-14) - over the next month in time for the festive season!

For many children, this may be the first book they have ever owned, as our research shows that 1 in 11 children and young people in Hastings do not own a book.

Children will be able to choose from a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction books published by Bloomsbury, including The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, Paper Towns by John Green, Max Champion and the Great Race Car by Alexander McCall Smith and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.

We are also launching a festive writing competition, challenging primary school pupils in Years 3 to 6 (aged 7-11) to write a seasonal short story set in Hastings. Pupils will be in with the chance to win signed books, signed illustrations and other book-themed goodies for themselves, plus book bundles and merchandise for their school library.

Writing tips and the downloadable competition entry sheet can be found here. The competition will close on Monday 23 December 2019 and will be judged by Hannah Rolls, Editorial Director of Children's Education at Bloomsbury.

We are so excited to be working with Bloomsbury to gift this huge Christmas present to children in Hastings! We know that children who have books of their own enjoy reading more, do better at school and are happier with their lives, so we want to make sure that every child in Hastings gets the chance to go on a reading adventure with their very own book over the festive season.

Graeme Quinnell, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings

The partnership between our Literacy Hub in Hastings and Bloomsbury Publishing launched this summer with a town-wide ‘Drop Everything and Read’ event on Friday 12 July.