During last year's Children’s Mental Health Week (7 – 13 February), we supported schools and families to join or continue their #Take10ToRead challenge to support their wellbeing through the joy of reading every day. Proudly supported by the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
Last year, we hosted a live workshop with Maz Evans – author of the Vi Spy and the Who Let The Gods Out series – for schools in our local Hub areas. Maz explored the benefits of reading and writing for wellbeing with pupils, chatted about where she finds inspiration, and gave us her top tips for putting pen to paper.
The Take 10 Challenge encourages everyone to read for just 10 minutes a day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy. First developed by Read Manchester, Take 10 now inspires children, families, and organisations nationally as part of the National Literacy Trust's Connecting Stories campaign.
Throughout the week, we shared videos from authors, children and Literacy Champion volunteers on our social channels. Head to the National Literacy Trust Twitter page or YouTube feed to hear how reading every day makes them feel good and supports their wellbeing. We heard from Maz Evans, Alex Falase-Koya (the Marv series), Darren Simpson (The Memory Thieves), Jasbinder Bilan (Asha & The Spirit Bird) and volunteers and children from our Read On Nottingham Hub.
For more information and support, follow these links to find our resources on supporting wellbeing through literacy teaching, plus Children's Mental Health Week resources for schools and parents from Place2Be.