Can you help charity to get Northamptonshire reading?

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A campaign to encourage children to read is asking people to send photos of them enjoying their favourite book to help them compile an online gallery.

Between Monday and Friday, February 3 to 7, the reading charity Beanstalk, which is running the Get Northamptonshire Reading campaign, is teaming up with Northampton Volunteering Centre to encourage more volunteers to go into schools and help youngsters improve their skills.

Wendy Hench, from Beanstalk, said: “The campaign coincides with National Storytelling Week and we are asking all you bookworms to take a picture with your favourite book for our online gallery and join us in celebrating everything from Roald Dahl to J.K Rowling.

“We’ll be dusting off our penguin classics and talking to local illustrators, authors and volunteers throughout the week asking them to share their memories of children’s books.

“We will explore the relationship people have with reading, voicing the benefits of becoming a voluntary reading helper and celebrate the power of storytelling and imagination in raising literacy rates in Northamptonshire.”

Beanstalk, which last year attracted dozens of volunteers to go into schools across the county to help pupils, is asking people to get involved by taking a picture of themselves with their favourite book.

Wendy added: “It can be a classic or your favourite children’s book – anything that inspired you! Then submit the pictures to Yvonne.mckeown@nvconline.org.uk or tweet us @NorthamptonVC and @Beanstalkreads and we’ll upload you to our ‘Get Reading Gallery’.

“Don’t forget to use the hashtag - #GetNorthantsReading.”