10 September 2014

Northamptonshire County Council is adding its voice to a national campaign to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes each day reading with their children.

Corby and Wellingborough libraries will be giving away 50 copies of bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to local children at special events on Saturday 13 September as part of the national Just Read campaign, led by Good Morning Britain.

Children who visit the libraries on Saturday will be able to enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid activities at which they can receive their free book. Corby Library is running its activity and giveaway at 10:30am and Wellingborough Library's event takes place at 11:00am. They are two of 200 libraries across the UK taking part in the Just Read giveaway.

Cllr Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "We’re more than happy to add our voice to this national campaign and encourage reading at home.

"We’ve just finished yet another wonderful summer of reading as thousands of Northamptonshire children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. And with the combined support of our libraries and schools, the ten-minute challenge doesn’t have to cost parents a penny."

The Just Read campaign aims to highlight how parents and carers can promote the simple but invaluable activity of reading to youngsters.

Millions of children are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney’s work is perfect for turning reluctant readers on to books.

With 50 per cent words and 50 per cent cartoons, the books are 100 per cent hilarious and children agree – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck was voted by children as Favourite Book in the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

The campaign comes as leading charities, teachers, parents and businesses have come together to form a coalition called Read On. Get On. The coalition has launched a national mission to support parents and teachers to get all 11 year olds reading well by 2025.

Read On. Get On. has published a report that reveals hundreds of thousands of kids are leaving school without adequate reading skills and that one in seven children aged 8 - 11 years do not own a book of their own at home.

Later on in the week, Good Morning Britain will aim to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of parents reading with their children in the same place, at the same time.

More information about children's events and activities in libraries, is available on the council's website at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/justread.