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Win the reading bug this World Book Day

A Buster’s Book Club competition will see one lucky Kent school win a visit from the jolly green giant mascot Buster Bug.

Schools taking part in World Book Day 2020 have the chance to win a visit from book-loving Buster Bug.
Schools taking part in World Book Day 2020 have the chance to win a visit from book-loving Buster Bug.

To enter, all schools have to do is divulge the ways in which they celebrated the 23rd annual World Book Day on Thursday, March 5.

The contest is part of the KM Charity Team initiative Buster’s Book Club, a home-reading programme that helps pupils to foster a love of reading from an early age.

The programme uses a series of fun reading challenges throughout the academic year to motivate pupils to spend more time at home reading for pleasure. Prizes include tickets to leisure attractions, books, and school visits by organisations and individuals such as Creepy Claws, Kingswood on the Road, and celebrity storytellers.

It’s easy to take part in the contest. Simply email the KM Charity Team some photographs and an explanation of what the school did for the phenomenon that is World Book Day. Schools are also asked to name an author who gets the children the most excited or inspired about reading.

The best entries will be featured on the Phil and Ted’s Excellence Adventures blog starring Phil Gallagher (aka CBeebies’ Mister Maker) with his best friend and KM Charity Team mascot Ted the Bear.

The overall winning school will clinch a visit from Buster Bug himself who will make his appearance in school assembly.

Kay Devine, literacy co-ordinator for Buster’s Book Club, said: “World Book Day is a highlight of the year for me, so it’s a real treat to see schools going to town with their celebrations. It’s a wonderful day of colour and bustle with fancy dress, author visits, book swaps, and so much more.

“I also can’t wait to find out which authors are the most successful at getting children to read for the pure enjoyment of it.”

She added: “It will be such a pleasure to award the prize. Absolutely nothing beats the ecstatic reaction from the children when Buster joins in school assembly!”

Entrants must ensure that any pupils visible in photographs have suitable permissions from their parents or guardians. Images may be published on the KM Charity Team’s website and social media -including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn - and may feature in local newspapers.

Email World Book Day photographs and details along with the name of pupils’ favourite author to Kay at kdevine@thekmgroup.co.uk and find out more about Buster’s Book Club at www.BustersBookClub.co.uk or view the Phil and Ted blog at www.PhilAndTed.co.uk

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