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Prize for best dressed bookworms

By Liz Nicholls

As countless mini Gruffalos, Harry Potters, and hungry caterpillars make their way into school for World Book Day this Thursday, March 1 – the best dressed classes could clinch a prize.

Whitstable author Anthony Cooper, holding his book The Curious Tale of the Dodo, is working with the KM Charity Team to promote World Book Day.

Every school signed up to the reading reward scheme Buster’s Book Club can win. All they have to do is submit photographs of their classes dressed as their favourite literary characters.

Buster’s Book Club is run by the KM Group's charity department and encourages pupils to spend more time at home reading for pleasure.

Every class photograph received will win a signed copy of the children’s book The Curious Tale of the Dodo, a cautionary eco tale written in rhyme, by Whitstable author Anthony Cooper.

The story has been adapted into an animation narrated by conservationist and former Springwatch presenter Bill Oddie.

Mr Cooper said: “I am delighted to be involved with World Book Day, promoting the life skill and the joy of reading.

“I can’t wait to see all the photos, depicting all your favourite books and characters and am wondering if anyone will rise to the challenge of dressing up as a dodo? But most importantly, have fun!”

Kathy Beel, literacy coordinator for Buster’s Book Club, said: “This year, there is even more reason for schools to join in the fun on World Book Day.

“The book is a wonderful, colourful tale for the children to enjoy – and learn an important lesson about taking care of the environment. I expect there will be lots of dodos at next year’s World Book Day!”

To enter, schools can email class photos to Kathy at kbeel@thekmgroup.co.uk no later than Monday, March 5. Find out more at www.bustersbookclub.co.uk or by calling 0844 264 0291.

Buster’s Book Club is supported by Little Cheyne Court, Kent Community Foundation, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Orbit, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Planet Ice, Diggerland, Hornby, and Wildwood.

  • The Curious Tale of the Dodo is part of the Don’t Do The Dodo brand, which aims to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle in a fun and accessible format and donates 50 per cent of profits to environmental organisations. Discover more at www.dontdothedodo.com

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