Children from Tuffley Primary School in Gloucester had the chance to do just that at a recent event run by the Ernest Cook Trust in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
The day’s event took place at the Redwood Outdoor Education Centre on ECT’s Slimbridge Estate in Gloucestershire, as part of the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme.
In April ECT awarded the National Literacy Trust a £10,000 grant towards the Young Readers Programme, which encourages children and young people to read for fun. As well as donating the grant, ECT also hosted the book day for the class of Year 4 children from Tuffley Primary.
“It was such a lovely day,” said ECT’s Head of Education Anne Newman. “The children are studying the topic of ‘eco-warriors’ in school, so we did some orienteering and map reading with them and they spent time out in the woodland just having fun.
“At the end of the day, every child could choose a book to take home from a collection provided by the National Literacy Trust. Then we had this lovely moment when we had them all sitting in the long grass by our pond, reading their chosen books.”
The Young Readers Programme is now in its 20th year and helps thousands of children and young people each year to discover the joys of reading. For many of those taking part, these books will be the first they have ever owned.
The National Literacy Trust is an independent UK literacy charity, working to ensure that disadvantaged children have the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.