Over 110,000 pupils enthralled by Read for Good's virtual visit from superstar Michael Rosen!
On Thursday 18 November at 10am, we broadcast a special event with Michael Rosen. Over 1,100 schools from Truro to Jersey to Northern Ireland registered 111,696 children for the event. Michael answered questions, performed his iconic Chocolate Cake poem, and talked about his latest book, Sticky McStickstick (Walker Books) based on his recent experience of Covid 19. Walker Books has donated 150 copies of the book to Read for Good to distribute to children in hospital.
The former children’s laureate, poet and author of some 150 books, Michael Rosen said: “I understand that Read for Good’s hospital bookcases all bear an old quote of mine: ‘if you read, the world is yours'. I think I’m even more right now! Creating space and a supply of books that will hook children into worlds and possibilities is important work that Read for Good delivers. Kids reading as a choice – not a chore – will change their world and ours.”
Rebuilding lost library stock
From fairytale lands to faraway galaxies, 50 schools across the country received an emergency £1k bundle of comics and a selection of reading books for fun in June after we received reports of school library stock decimated by the pandemic.
Generous book donations from a variety of publishers, as well as a partnership with Phoenix Comics and a grant from the Siobhan Dowd Trust enabled the donation, with each box containing £350 of books and £650 RRP of comics.
Now we’re looking for funding to deliver a longer-term programme, piloted pre-pandemic, that fills the reading for pleasure stock gap in schools.