Encouraging reading among children

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WHEN it comes to a good, funny read, children at Whaplode Primary School enjoy the Wimpy Kid books.

They are the books the children have asked Bookmark to take along to school in the autumn when the Spalding bookshop re-starts its scheme to encourage reading among youngsters who no longer have access to a mobile library because of spending cuts.

Manager Samantha Buckley said: “The school contacted us and asked if we’d like to get involved and of course we are more than happy to work with schools and encourage children to read.

“It’s good for us but it’s also good for the school and the kids because if they don’t have access to a bookshop or even a library how are you going to get them interested in reading?”

Once or twice a term Bookmark sets up an after-school book stall and parents and children are able to browse, buy and talk to Samantha about good book suggestions. The children can also request their favourite reads, and Samantha says at the moment the Wimpy Kid books are “incredibly popular”.