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Bootle Children's Literary Festival will be a week of events including:- Visits, book signings and workshops from Famous Children's authors Theatre performances School workshops Teacher workshops Spoken word performances Narnia in a box Short story competition and book launch Extreme reading challenge Literary trail around Bootle Stories in the Park Meeting book characters and much more.. It will also feature the launch of Kingsley and Co - a new and exciting children's Bookshop and literacy centre based in Bootle Strand. Named after the Victorian female explorer Mary Kingsley , the shop will have a steam punk / Victorian feel and feature a café, hidden classroom, curiosity displays, story telling groups, hands on workshops and of course, lots of books - including 1000's of second hand good quality children's books for only £1. Our purpose is to improve children's lives by promoting a love of reading and stories which long term impacts literacy, wellbeing and life opportunities.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Bootle is in the bottom 6% in the UK for literacy which can seriously children's mental wellbeing and opportunities. Poorer children fall behind in literacy and earn less in later life, study says.The Guardian: https://bit.ly/2JTKINA Children in Liverpool are among the worst in the country when it comes to basic literacy, according to new figures. Liverpool Echo https://bit.ly/2CIWQLe A 2018 National Literacy Trust study found that children who enjoyed reading were significantly less likely to have mental health problems, Lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life. National Literary Trust https://bit.ly/2CsHqxa Children born into communities with the most serious literacy challenges have some of the lowest life expectancies in England: https://bit.ly/2symWhg Children most engaged with literacy are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who are least engaged (39.4% vs 11.8%) https://bit.ly/2IkvkoM
Steps to get it done:
We are delighted that our project already has the backing of over 60 children's authors, poets and actors and our Patrons include: Frank Cottrell Boyce ( Millions/ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again/ Framed/ 2012 Olympic Ceremony and much more) Alan Gibbons (Activist for promoting libraries, reading and literacy, Smartie Book prize winner and author of Shadow of the Minator) Levi Tafari ( Liverpool poet/ spoken word artist- Rhyme don't pay/form the Page to the Stage) In 2013 Ykids ran a similar Festival in Bootle bringing 10 famous children's authors to Bootle and delivering a two day word fest, author visits, a children's poetry book and a pop up shop. The shop stayed open for 4 weeks longer than anticipated due to popular demand - this time we home that the new shop - Kingsley and Co will be a permanent fixture, offering free support top children and families, a place for fun and learning and a great resource for local schools.
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