Youngsters meet authors at festival

Clavering Primary School pupils with author David Almond at the Northern Children's Book Festival
Clavering Primary School pupils with author David Almond at the Northern Children's Book Festival
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PRIMARY school pupils got the opportunity to quiz some of the UK’s top writers at Europe’s largest annual book festival.

A group of youngsters from Clavering Primary School, in the town, made the trip to Woodhorn Museum, in Ashington, to take part in this year’s Northern Children’s Book Festival.

The pupils got the chance to try out craft activities and enjoyed storytelling sessions as well as the unique opportunity of taking part in workshops with top children’s authors Karen McCombie, Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore and the multi award-winning David Almond.

The main aim of the event, which is the largest annual reading celebration for young people in Europe, is to pass on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure.

Clavering Primary School’s deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, who organised the trip, said: “As part of our Clavering loves Reading initiative, every year we provide pupils with the opportunity to visit the Gala Day.

“The children take great inspiration from the authors that they meet and, perhaps more than in another year that we’ve visited the event, the guest authors really engaged with the important of and power of reading for pleasure.”

Mr McAvoy said those youngsters who read for enjoyment not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures and societies.

He added: “Ask any good teacher what makes a child ready and eager to learn and reading for pleasure will appear on the list.”