• Doncaster Stories unveil the town’s top 100 children’s books

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    December 10, 2019
    A list of Doncaster’s top 100 books, as voted for by children across the town, has been revealed. 

    Children from every primary school in Doncaster were invited to take part in Doncaster 100 Reads and almost 5,800 votes were cast. The final list features books for children of all ages and a diverse list of titles. Well known authors such as Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, and Beatrix Potter sit alongside more recent books such as The Pug who wanted to be a Unicorn by Bella Swift.

    The schools that submitted the highest number of 100 Reads suggestions, Kingfisher Primary School and Hillside Academy, received a complete set of Roald Dahl books for their library. Two lucky children, chosen by a prize draw, also won a set of books to take home. One of whom, at the age of 10, said they had never had a book of their own. 

    The complete list can be found online at doncasterstories.org.uk and has been designed as an interactive height chart with well-loved illustrations from Roald Dahl’s the BFG. Charts will be gifted to primary schools, libraries, and community partners to inspire children across Doncaster to read a new book as they grow taller. The recommended reading ages act only as a guide; children are encouraged to try any book they feel comfortable reading, and to ask their teacher or librarian for advice. 
    Doncaster 100 Reads encourages children to read in their own time and discover new books that have been recommended by their peers. It is part of Doncaster Stories, a campaign from the National Literacy Trust and Doncaster Opportunity Area to boost literacy levels in the town. 

    The list has also inspired a festive competition, inviting local children to design their dream Christmas Day with a character from their favourite book. Children who are entering simply need to draw or write about (or both) their fantasy day and return their entries by 6 January 2020.
    Mike Leyland, Project Manager for Doncaster Stories, said: 

    “We are delighted that so many schools and families in Doncaster shared their favourite children’s books for Doncaster 100 Reads. We hope the list will inspire hundreds of local children to discover books that their friends have enjoyed and fall in love with reading.”
    The height chart is available to download from the Doncaster Stories website and most of the books can be borrowed for free at local libraries across the town. To find out more about the Doncaster Stories campaign, please visit doncasterstories.org.uk.
    Hannah Riley, Campaigns Officer
    020 3994 6799
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