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Peterborough kids snap up ‘Christopher Crocodile’ books

15 Oct 2014

The Peterborough Literacy Campaign has been boosted with 2,900 ‘Christopher Crocodile’ books by Graham Purcell thanks to SureStore self storage of Langtoft who donated them to the initiative.

Literacy campaign 24The campaign distributed the books, featuring the adventures of Christopher Crocodile to Peterborough’s pre-school children just before they started reception, at induction visits for children starting in reception this half-term and to children finishing reception to read with their parents over the summer holidays.

Anne Hampson, Headteacher at Discovery Primary School who helped source the books said:
“Parent partnership is always a key priority in our school. All new pupils in Foundation have a home visit where the importance of reading and sharing books is discussed with parents and carers. Everybody was delighted this year to receive their gift of a Christopher Crocodile book which had been kindly donated by SureStore self storage of Langtoft. We would like to thank them for helping to introduce the joy of reading to over 2,000 boys and girls in Peterborough.”

Lydia Fulker, a teacher at Middleton Primary School, whose reception children each received a Christopher Crocodile book before they started the summer holidays said:
“Many of the children coming back in September as Year 1’s said how much they enjoyed reading the funny story. One child even said he took his on the plane on holiday and shared it with the little boy in front of him!"

Sally Atkinson, the National Literacy Trust’s Peterborough Hub Manager says:
“National Literacy Trust research has shown that children whose parents are involved in their learning and development will go on to do well in school and later life. Sharing books together is an important part of home learning, so having so many of these fun books to give to children to share with their parents and carers over the summer holidays has been fantastic.”

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