Parents are being encouraged to spend time reading with their children.
Northamptonshire County Council is backing a national campaign to encourage parents and carers to spend 10 minutes a day reading with their children.
Corby and Wellingborough libraries will be giving away 50 copies of the bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to children at special events on Saturday 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 and receive their free book. Corby Library is running its activity and giveaway at 10.30am and Wellingborough Library’s takes place at 11am.
The Just Read campaign aims to highlight how parents and carers can promote the simple but invaluable activity of reading to youngsters.
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. It has published a report that reveals hundreds of thousands of children are leaving school without adequate reading skills and that one in seven children aged eight to 11 does not own a book of their own at home.
More information about children’s events and activities in libraries is available on the council’s website at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/justread.