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Saturday 13 June 2020

Brighton-Based Reading Project Launches Young City Reads at Home

Young City Reads, the Brighton based reading project which exists to inspire children to read for pleasure, has launched Young City Reads at Home

The aim is to extend the reach of the project and offer families across Sussex a reading challenge they can complete together while the schools remain closed, in their own time, and at their own pace.

More than 3,000 children were signed up to take part in Young City Reads before lockdown, and when schools closed the organisers decided to make all the materials available online. 

After ten weeks of Malamander themed activities, the project concluded on 21st May with a special virtual event with this year's author: Thomas Taylor. 


Sarah Hutchings, Director of Young City Reads commented: 

"We'd love families to get involved at home by reading Malamander together and completing the creative activities over the summer. 

"All the resources are on our website and can be downloaded for free. 

"We are also delighted that Brighton & Hove Libraries" Borrow Box scheme is offering anyone with a library card the opportunity to download the ebook for free, making the project accessible to children from families on a low income.

"Research by the National Literacy Trust this year revealed that only a quarter of children read every day and that fewer children enjoyed reading than in the past. 

"The Report also confirmed that reading for pleasure "is important to children"s life chances, as well as their well-being, happiness and much more."

This year's book, Malamander, by Sussex based author Thomas Taylor is perfect for children aged eight and above. 

Set in fictional Eerie-on-Sea, the book is a seaside adventure that will have you gripped from the beginning, as daring duo, Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up to solve the mystery of the legendary sea-monster.

Sony Pictures, who secured the film rights, has just announced that "Toy Story 4" director, Josh Cooley will write and make his directorial debut with a screen adaptation of Malamander. 

For more information, please visit youngcityreads.co.uk 

by: Mike Cobley



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