Sharing stories in Leeds

Reading helper Sheila Speck with Alex Christie at Meanwood Church of England Primary School.

Reading helper Sheila Speck with Alex Christie at Meanwood Church of England Primary School.

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No matter how much or little you read, most of us have a favourite book or story to tell.

And for many, reading or recounting a good tale brings just as much joy as listening to one.

Share-a-Story Month aims to inspire more people to pick up a book and get children reading.

And to celebrate, there are story-themed activities taking place across the region .

Youngsters in Leeds can let their inner animals out at the free Where the Wild Things Are crafts and storytelling session at Leeds Central Library on May 26 from 1pm to 3pm.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said it was a great opportunity for children to find the fun in reading. She said: “We are really looking forward to our ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ event, which will not only include a special reading of the story, but a chance for youngsters – through a fantastic craft activity – to transform themselves into a Wild Thing.”

Share-a-story Month is organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

And inspiring a love of reading is something the YEP is passionate about.

That’s why we teamed up with literacy charity Beanstalk on our Get Leeds Reading campaign. We want to recruit an army of 50 volunteer readers in Leeds primary schools, providing struggling pupils with one-to-one support.

Send in pictures of you and your family and friends sharing a story. Email yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk or tweet @LeedsNews. To volunteer as a reading helper call 0845 4500344 or visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

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