Hull urged to get behind World Book Night

Published: Saturday 30th January 2016 by Hull College

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The people of Hull are being encouraged to rediscover the joy of reading, with the sixth edition of World Book Night taking place in April.

Libraries across Hull are playing their part in World Book Night, which takes place on April 23, the day celebrated as William Shakespeare’s birthday, with events to be announced over the next few weeks.

World Book Night gives people the opportunity to share in the printed word, with books from a range of authors including Matt Haig, Carol Ann Duffy and Leigh Bardugo being given away to help rekindle their passion for reading.

Hull City Council is backing increased reading and storytelling as a route to improve children’s learning.

Councillor Rosie Nicola, cabinet member for children’s learning, believes that reading is fundamental to the development of a child’s learning and skills into adulthood.

She said: “Storytelling is part of our everyday lives, and leads to more highly developed language skills.

“Parents are by far the most important educators in a child’s life, and it makes such an important difference to a child’s learning, and stays with them forever.”

One of the people donating books is Sarah Atkinson, a call-centre worker from Hull. She is donating books by Matt Haig and is passionate about giving to people who may not usually pick up a book.

She said: “Not everyone has access to books, as they can be expensive. I feel it’s very important for people to read more.

“Books can take you to places that you might not have experienced. It’s relaxing and you often learn things when reading books, be that physical books or e-books.

“Both of those have their place, e-books are easier when on the beach, but for me, nothing beats the tactile feel of a real book.”

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Published: Saturday 30th January 2016 by Hull College

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