Book Aid International launches The Big Booky Breakfast

News - Children Friday, 08 February 2019

Scheme gives schools a new way to share stories while fundraising this World Book Day

Book Aid International has announced the nationwide launch of The Big Booky Breakfast, its World Book Day pack for schools. Share a Story is the theme at the heart of World Book Day 2019 - which takes place this year on 7 March - a call to action for parents and carers to read for pleasure with their children for 10 minutes a day and transform their life chances.

The Big Booky Breakfast gives schools a new way to share stories and celebrate the magic of books while fundraising on World Book Day. Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, spoke out to encourage schools to make fundraising for Book Aid International and sharing stories part of their World Book Day celebrations.

Cowell said: "My quest as a children's author is to inspire the children of today to read with the same joy and wonder that I read when I was a child. The magic of books and reading should be accessible to all children, no matter their background. I would encourage everyone, if they can, to fundraise in school and give books to kids around the world."

In the past three years, British schools have raised over £350,000 by fundraising for Book Aid International on World Book Day.

Schools taking part in The Big Booky Breakfast will receive a free fundraising pack which includes various book themed activities – like a Big Booky Book Swap, a Big Booky Bake Off, Big Booky Short Story or a Big Booky Dress Up. Packs also include stickers, a poster and additional resources to help schools make fundraising fun and easy.

Emma Taylor, Book Aid's head of communications, said: "Our vision is a world where everyone has the chance to enjoy reading – and that is why we're so delighted that over 1,000 schools across the UK make fundraising part of their World Book Day celebrations every year. We hope that the Big Booky Breakfast will provide new fundraising options which work for all types of schools, allowing more pupils than ever before to share a story and engage with books while changing lives around the world."

Kirsten Grant, World Book Day director, said: "World Book Day are thrilled to partner with Book Aid International on the launch of the Big Booky Breakfast. The opportunity to offer schools the new fundraising packs and ideas to celebrate World Book Day, that in turn will help provide more books to children around the world, drives right at the heart of our mission to get as many books into the hands of as many children and young people of all ages and backgrounds as possible. I'm delighted that children around the world will benefit from our shared goal to give every child the opportunity to read and love books."

Find out more or order a pack here.

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