Read On Nottingham teams up with Usborne Children’s Books to deliver a fun-filled summer of reading

09 Jul 2019
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To celebrate 20 years of Usborne’s bestselling touchy-feely That’s not my… books, the leading independent children’s publishing house is donating hundreds of books to families in the city as part of a series of Read On Nottingham book giveaways this summer.

Starting at the Bulwell Arts Festival last Saturday 6 July, families with young children took home free That’s not my… books with specially-designed interactive leaflets from the Read On Nottingham craft stall. The materials are to encourage parents and their little ones to engage with the images and enjoy sharing stories. To fit with the theme of the books, there were also touch-feely boxes for children to reach inside and guess the contents, as well as an array of That’s not my… colouring-in activity sheets.

Read On Nottingham is our community-driven campaign delivered in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Small Steps Big Changes to raise literacy skills across the city. It is supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The book giveaways come as Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Building Society launch their StoryParks initiative this week, which will encourage families to develop their reading and maths skills through literacy-focused activities, crafts, music and nature trails in Nottingham’s city parks over the summer holidays. The final Read On Nottingham and Usborne book giveaways will take place at Nottingham City Homes Fun Day for residents in September.

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Emily Landsborough, Manager of Read On Nottingham, said:

“We’re delighted to be spreading a joy of reading through the brilliant That’s not my… books to as many children as possible this summer. The stories are perfect for inspiring families to read together, thanks to the interesting textures, such as bumpy teeth or slippery flippers, and simple text and illustrations, which we know are great for helping children develop sensory and language awareness.

“We’re also using the book giveaways as an opportunity to recruit dedicated members of the community to become Literacy Champions and support the literacy skills of the people around them. Anyone can be a Literacy Champion - whether you’re a parent, business professional, teacher, student, sports coach or just passionate about making a difference in your local area - we want to hear from you!”

To find out more about becoming a Literacy Champion, please contact Lynne at lynne.towle@literacytrust.org.uk or call 07542 228231.

Usborne is the UK’s leading specialist children’s book publisher: an independent, family business which creates engaging, innovative, accessible books for children of all ages. Usborne books are written to appeal directly to children, and are there for every age and stage from newborn baby to young adult. Children can grow with Usborne books. For distinctive, enriching books for children, look for the Usborne balloon.