Read on Nottingham delivers a blizzard of books to encourage families to share stories this Christmas

11 Dec 2019

Read On Nottingham is distributing almost 5,000 The Snowman™ and The Snowdog activity packs and reading tips to families across the city, thanks to a donation from Puffin.

Leading children’s trade publisher, Puffin has donated 4,500 The Snowman and The Snowdog literacy-focused activity packs to our Read On Nottingham campaign in a bid to encourage families to read together this Christmas.

The packs, which include a copy of the popular story, an activity book, a poster and some colouring pencils are being delivered to locations throughout Nottingham to make story time special during the most wonderful time of the year. They will be available to several primary schools and early years settings, community groups, food banks and women’s refuge centres. This comes as our new research has found this week that more than 2,000 children in the city don’t own a single book.[1]

Read On Nottingham has also partnered with the publisher to develop tips on making story time special this festive season, brought to life by characters from The Snowman stories. As Puffin’s charity of the year, Read On Nottingham has received hundreds more books for various other campaign activities, such as community giveaways and competitions throughout the year.

Read On Nottingham is a campaign led by us in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Small Steps Big Changes. Since its launch in April 2018, the campaign has gifted almost 8,000, bringing this new total to more than 12,000.

Emily Landsborough, Manager of the Read On Nottingham campaign, said:
“Christmas offers a great opportunity to spend time reading and discovering the magic of stories as a family. Read On Nottingham recommends lots of ways to build your child’s literacy skills over the holidays. Whether it’s writing a letter to Santa Claus, following a festive recipe or singing Christmas carols together - all these activities are great fun and can continue to develop your child’s reading, writing and communicating skills while they’re away from the classroom.”

The activity packs will be delivered by Read On Nottingham’s Literacy Champions – a group of volunteers who want to make a difference in their local area by delivering a variety of literacy-focused events and activities.

Residents in Nottingham can help the Read On Nottingham campaign give the gift of reading to disadvantaged children in the city this Christmas by texting 'GIFTOFREADING 7' to 70490 to donate £7 (this costs £7 + a standard message rate).

[1] National Literacy Trust (2019) The gift of reading
56,906 children and young people aged 9 to 18 in the UK participated in the National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy Survey between January and March 2019 (including 2,351 children and young people aged 9 to 18 in the East Midlands)

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