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National Literacy Trust’s Miles of Magic: Reading Challenge new educational programme

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National Literacy Trust’s Miles of Magic: Reading Challenge new educational programme

* There will be a BSL interpreter present at the event

Press release

“A new educational seven-week reading for pleasure campaign launches on Thursday 3 February to help bring the magic of reading to life as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations in 2022, by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Schools across the UK can join the free, live, virtual launch event* Miles of Magic and Harry Potter Book Night hosted by Harry Potter illustrator Jonny Duddle. Children will be treated to hear how Jonny created his iconic cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and will get the chance see their favourite Harry Potter characters come to life and draw along with Jonny to create their own Hagrid.

Every school signing up can then start their own magical reading adventure with the Miles of Magic: Reading Challenge accessing exclusive resources to inspire and support pupils. The range of resources include:

·    a class challenge-o-meter wall chart map

·    a reading log sheet for each student to chart their own individual magical reading journey, setting out from Privet Drive reading their way to Hogwarts

·    clear teacher guideline notes and Harry Potter bookmarks incentives.

The seven-week Harry Potter Reading Challenge promises to be a fun, interactive, rewards-led reading challenge for classrooms and finishes on Friday 1 April. One lucky school will win a Harry Potter trunk filled with books and treats for their school library.

The National Literacy Trust Miles of Magic celebration also includes Miles of Magic: The Harry Potter Book Relay that also starts on Thursday 3 February. The Harry Potter Book Relay will see a single copy of the silver anniversary paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone travelling relay-style to 25 primary schools around the UK between February and June.

This unique book will be gathering illustrations and doodles from children and teachers as it travels from school to school; along with special postcards to write their memories of reading Harry Potter. A magical Harry Potter trunk will arrive at each of the 25 primary schools to help them on their way.

Bloomsbury are also donating a further 800 copies of the anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to 50 schools via the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme.”

Visit literacytrust.org.uk to find out more,