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Award-winning author coming to Croome as part of The Big Friendly Read

BFR Published Monday, 15th August 2016

Children are being invited to a storytelling session with award-winning author Jonathan Emmett.

The session will take place at National Trust Croome on 24 August as part of The Big Friendly Read, which includes storytelling, physical street theatre and craft sessions. As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, children need to have read four books to qualify for a free family entry ticket.

Sponsored by The Reading Agency, the aim of the challenge is to keep children reading through the long summer holiday.  By visiting libraries children can choose from thousands of books – or can download e-books from the libraries website. Stacks of activities are in libraries over the holidays and there are stickers and medals to earn along the way as children read their six books.

Each year there is a different theme, this year celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl. 

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities said: "The Big Friendly Read has been a huge success once again, and the Roald Dahl theme has been great fun for young readers. As part of the last event of the summer, we're delighted to have such an esteemed author as Jonathan Emmett joining us, and I'd encourage all kids to make sure they've read the four books they need to get that free family ticket!"

Jonathan Emmett's books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for The Pig’s Knickers.

The previous Big Friendly Read visit was by author Alan Gibbons on Wednesday 27 July, and attracted over 1,700 visitors to National Trust Croome.

Family entry to National Trust Croome is free as long as you are a library member and sign up on the day or are already taking part in the challenge. If you are a National Trust member don't forget your membership card!

For more information about volunteering and the Summer Reading Challenge visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/librariesandlearning and www.bigfriendlyread.org.uk or ask at your local library.