Hulls KCFM reports that nearly 10 children in every class are leaving Hull primary schools without the expected level of literacy.
The organisers of Hull’s first children’s literacy festival hope it’ll encourage more young people in the city to read.
Next month the Big Malarkey Festival will bring together writers, cartoonists and puppeteers including Julian Clary, Steve Cole Jeremy Strong, Tanya Landman and Lydia Monks.
Michelle Alford is director of library services for Hull Culture and Leisure:
“It’s about bringing those stories alive, giving them access to some of the best writers in the country that will inspire them. If they don’t want to go on and be writers themselves, we want to encourage them to read those writers materials.
“I hope that by participating in the festival that children will be inspired to go on and read. We know that children who read for pleasure do better in their exams than children who don’t read for pleasure.
“It’s just about getting children enjoying reading and wanting to create and write stories.”
Taking place at the end of June, the Big Malarkey festival is a week-long celebration of children’s literature for everyone aged 0 to 16 years to enjoy alongside their families and friends.
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