Children in Stoke pick up rewards for reading

31 Jul 2017

BFGChildren in Stoke-on-Trent are encouraged to pick up a book every day and read more widely by taking on the Stoke 100 Reads challenge.

Primary school pupils who read every title on the Stoke 100 Reads list can claim a special limited edition copy of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, The BFG and receive a certificate for their achievement. The beautiful gift books have been donated to the Stoke Reads campaign by Penguin Random House and retail at £20 each.

Stoke Reads was launched by the National Literacy Trust and Stoke on Trent City Council at an event at the Potteries Centre in February. The campaign promotes reading for pleasure and encourages parents to read with their children every day.

Rewards are also up for grabs for children under five, who will receive a special pop-up copy of Barry the Fish with Fingers when they have read the first 25 books on the list. The mini challenge aims to get them hooked on reading, so they continue the full challenge when they start primary school.

Both books can be claimed at any of the six libraries in Stoke on Trent, when children or their parents show their completed Stoke 100 Reads list, or this list of the first 25 books.

Stoke 100 Reads was published in 2015, after children, schools and families nominated the books they think every child in the city should have read when they finish primary school. The initiative ties in with the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges pupils to read six books over the summer holidays and visit their local library three times.

Jason Vit, National Literacy Trust Hubs Manager said:
“National Literacy Trust research shows that while 60% of pupils across Stoke enjoy reading, just 41% read every day outside the classroom. By offering exciting rewards for reading, we hope the challenge will inspire more children and families to commit to reading more widely and frequently, which will also help to prevent learning loss over the summer holidays.”

Councillor Janine Bridges, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for education and economy, said:
“This is a great challenge with some fabulous books to enjoy. I’m a little bit jealous that I’m not discovering some of the books for the first time myself – they’re a real treat. I encourage children and families across the city to take up the challenge – reading is crucial for improving literacy levels, learning, and opening your imagination to new worlds and opportunities.”