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Young City Reads 2017 Fantastic Fizzlbert Finale!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Young City Reads 2017, it’s been another fantastic year with more children across the city joining in with the ‘big read’ than ever before!
 
There’s been an awful lot of love for this year’s book Fizzlebert Stump, The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus And Joined The Library and what better way to celebrate than inviting everyone who took part in the BIG READ to meet the author and illustrator extraordinaire’s A F Harrold and Sarah Horne in a spectacular interactive show at The Brighton Dome?!!!! 
 
A whopping 1,950 children were signed up to read the book together, by 74 teachers from across 42 different schools, with many joining us at the Brighton Festival event, so you can just imagine the fizzing atmosphere in the auditorium! Here’s a few photo’s to illustrate!
 

What an amazing afternoon, tons of fun, packed full of silliness and lots of laughs! A huge well done to all the children involved in the project and massive thank you to teachers, assistants and all who were involved in making the project a huge success. 

 
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Young City Reads 2017 Launch

A few days on and we are still fizzing from our brilliant Young City Reads 2017 launch. Kicking off on World Book Day, we celebrated the beginning of what promises to be our most successful and fun project to date! Things went off with a (human canon-ball) bang in the morning when we were joined by the one and only Dr. Surprise from the book! Let’s let author A.F. Harrold introduce him:


Dr surprise was the circus’s
Mysterious Magical Mind Reader, Horrendous, Horripilating Hypnotist and Incredible Invisible Illusionist.

Dr. Surprise was busy throughout the day reading young minds from Year 4 City Academy Whitehawk and Year 5 St Barts at both Whitehawk and Jubilee libraries. Children answered cryptic clues hidden within library books in a tantalizing treasure hunt, there was lots of mind reading, a touch of hypnosis, mind reading, chapter 1 reading, more mind reading and readings of the MIIIIIIINNNNNNNNND.

As well as these activities, (and did I mention Dr. Surprise’s mind reading?!) the children created some amazing drawings that would make the book’s illustrator Sarah Horne super proud!

Everyone is so excited and enthusiastic to be part of such an inspiring and entertaining GINORMOUS book group – thank you to everyone taking part – our wonderful classes, teachers, libraries, and of course Dr. Surprise! We had such a fun launch and the next 10 weeks are going to be GREAT!

Teachers who haven’t signed up yet – don’t fret, there’s still time – complete the online form here or get in touch via the contact page for further info.

We’ll leave you with a picture of Dr Surprise adding to his extensive library card collection by becoming a member of Brighton and Hove Libraries!

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Young City Reads in Worthing

Wonderful news for the kids of Worthing: four years after the
launch in Brighton and Hove, our Young City Reads project plans to give hours of gripping reading and fun to all the kids in our town.

Many classes have already joined in and are waiting with trepidation to start the adventure on World Book Day, it couldn’t have been any other date, could it? For ten weeks these lucky children will share their reading, receive lots of dazzling free activities and will have a laugh with the absurd situations Fizzlebert Stump gets into.

We are not only talking about schools either, the entire town is working together to make this an even bigger event. We are delighted to say that Worthing libraries are happy to welcome class visits, to talk about the book and see the place where our Fizzlebert ends up, after running away from the circus.

We are really pleased that a place like Worthing, with lots of
young families and a great sense of community has this
teachers, spread the word and let’s fun begin.

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