The hunt for Doncaster's favourite children's books is on

25 Sep 2019
100 Reads - Matilda

Children from every primary school in Doncaster have been asked to nominate their favourite children’s books, to be published in a list of Doncaster’s top 100 Reads.

The 100 Reads initiative aims to encourage children to get excited about reading and read more widely, by inspiring them to try new books that have been recommended by their peers. It is led by Doncaster Stories, our brand new Literacy Hub, which aims to transform children’s lives through literacy, and is funded by the Doncaster Opportunity Area.

Every primary school has been sent an e-pack which includes top tips for teachers with ideas around building 100 Reads into lesson plans. The school with the highest number of submissions (proportionally) will receive a bundle of Roald Dahl books for their library. Every child who tells us about their favourite books will also be entered into a prize draw to win a collection of Roald Dahl classics to take home.

Submissions can be made via our online form, by downloading one of our 100 Reads postcards, or by using #DoncasterStories on social media. Teachers, parents, and grown-ups are also encouraged to nominate books from their childhood.

Entries must be made before 1 November 2019, and the printed list will be distributed across schools and libraries by the beginning of next year. Local libraries have also agreed to display the top 100 Reads once the list has been finalised, meaning that the books will be accessible for free.

An exciting range of activities based around the most popular books will follow in the New Year, and we have lots of plans for this brand new Hub – keep your eyes peeled!

Tara Chappell, Literacy Campaigns Manager, for Doncaster Council said:

“I’m delighted that this competition has come to Doncaster. Encouraging children to read for pleasure, and boosting their literacy skills, will help them succeed at school and lead happy lives. It will be great to have a list of books tailored to the local area, and it’s really exciting that they will be accessible for free via our libraries.

“We’ll be able to create fun activities based around the most popular books, and we are encouraging local schools and community organisations to get involved too. I’m really looking forward to the opportunities that Doncaster Stories will bring to our town.”