World Book Day
celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and exciting activities are set to
take place across the city as part of the Peterborough Literacy Campaign.
Meet and EatFamilies in Orton Malborne will come together at the Jigsaw Children’s Centre on Tuesday 28 February to enjoy a special ‘Meet and Eat’ session organised by City College Peterborough. Parents will be able to get advice on supporting their children’s literacy skills and there will be free books for families to take home to enjoy together.
The National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough works in close partnership with City College Peterborough to promote reading across the city. After the success of the joint pop-up Literacy Hub on Bridge Street last year, the Meet and Eat events focus on engaging specific local communities. The sessions promote wellbeing among disadvantaged families who are often socially isolated or facing food poverty.
The World Book Day celebrations will continue at the Central Library, with themed events for schools and families organised by Peterborough’s library and cultural trust, Vivacity. Pupils from Bishop Creighton Academy will visit the library on 28 February to help create a display of their favourite books, which other visitors will then have the chance to add to. Central Library will also host a special Peppa Pig-themed story time session for families of under-fives.
Reader Development Librarian Elaine Wilkinson said:
“Children across the city will be getting excited about books this week and we’re looking forward to celebrating children’s favourite reads in the library.”
As part of World Book Day, every pupil in Peterborough will receive a special £1 book token, which can be exchanged for a World Book Day title or used to get £1 off a full price book. 60 extra book vouchers will be given to Peterborough pupils, in support of the Peterborough Literacy Campaign. Thousands of children in Peterborough will celebrate World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters and taking part in fun reading activities in schools across the town.
National Literacy Trust Hub Manager Sally Atkinson, who will be visiting Ravensthorpe Primary School to read to pupils for World Book Day, said:
“We are delighted to be working with partners across Peterborough to celebrate World Book Day with children and families this year. For many children, the book they receive this week will be the first they own, which we know can have an important impact on their attitudes towards reading and wider attainment.”
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council and Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Literacy and reading is of the utmost importance to every child’s upbringing and education and I have made it my mission for this year to work with schools on an initiative to improve reading standards in the city.
"World Book Day is now one of the most informative and fun dates in the school calendar and it is brilliant to see so much planned by the Peterborough Literacy Campaign in our community so everyone can have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of stories and reading, and get to own their own book.”
Councillor Holdich will be visiting Middleton Primary School in Bretton, Peterborough on 2 March.