Children from every school in Dundee have been invited to nominate their favourite children’s books, to be published in a list of the city’s top 100 reads.
Dundee 100 Reads aims to encourage more children to enjoy reading and to read more widely, by inspiring them to try books that have been recommended by their peers. It is led by our local campaign Read Dundee to improve children’s literacy in the city, and is supported by Northwood Charitable Trust, Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee.
This project encourages local schools to create a culture of reading in their school and community. Primary schools in the city have received Dundee 100 Reads cards to make their nominations for the list, with all schools being sent information on how they can introduce the activity in the classroom and how pupils can submit their nominations by card or online. All submissions will be entered into a prize draw with one Dundee school set to win a bundle of books for their school library.
All Dundee residents are invited to get involved and are able to select their most loved children’s books through a submission form on the Read Dundee website: literacytrust.org.uk/dundee100reads
Submissions will close on 21 April 2023 and the final list will be launched this summer term to support and encourage children’s reading over the summer holidays and beyond. A downloadable version will be available to all on the Read Dundee website.
“Low literacy levels will hold our young people back at school, lock them out of the job market and can even affect their life expectancy. We know that children who enjoy reading do better at school, so it is vital that we support every child to find the stories that will spark that life-long love of reading. We can’t wait to find out Dundee’s favourite books as the whole city shares its recommendations and inspires everyone to get reading!””Jenni Leigh, Manager of Read Dundee