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Hoping to inspire Wisbech children with a love of reading and books

Always looking for new ways to help children develop their enjoyment of reading, writing and speaking, the Wisbech Reads Partnership’s Summer Reading Festival 2019 will feature a programme of exciting activities to help spark a love of reading amongst those taking part.

Summer Reading Festival helps children develop a love of reading. (13354971)
Summer Reading Festival helps children develop a love of reading. (13354971)

Seventeen schools in the Wisbech area will bring their Year 1 pupils to take part in a day of literacy-themed workshops during the week of the Festival (July 8 – 12 ).

Over 570 children, aged 5 – 6, their teachers and parents, will visit five venues in Wisbech town centre - the Castle, the Museum, the Library, the United Reformed Church; and the Church of St Peter and St Paul – where Wisbech Reads Partnership members will use drama, poetry, games and craft activities to help children improve their reading skills in a fun and interactive way.

Keen to pass their love of books and reading onto the next generation, five children’s authors and illustrators are taking part in the Festival: Pippa Goodhart, author of ’You Choose in Space’; Megan Brewis, author of ‘Henry & Boo!’; Gillian McClure, author of ‘Dog on Wheels’; Carolina Rabei, author of ‘The Book without a Story’; and Ellie Sandall, author of ‘Every Bunny Count’.

The Festival is being organised by ‘Wisbech Reads’, a partnership of organisations active in the Wisbech area working together to improve literacy. Partners include 20Twenty Productions CIC, Cambridgeshire ACRE, Cambridgeshire County Council, Wisbech Town Council and the Wisbech Schools Partnership.

This is the fourth year the Partnership has run the Summer Reading Festival and this year’s week-long celebration has been made possible thanks to funding from Clarion Futures, Arts Council England and local sponsors Wisbech Town Council, Wisbech Rotary Club and Wisbech Lions.

Speaking ahead of the festival, Wisbech Reads chairman, Mike Forrest, said: “As a Partnership we are striving to ensure young children develop an early love of reading that will stay with them and help them throughout their lives. We’re thrilled that this year’s Festival is bigger and better than ever before and we thank all our funders and sponsors for making this possible.”

The Festival is an invitation-only event and parents interested in finding out more should contact their child’s school in the first instance.

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