Oscar and his dog

Cheltenham Festivals presents: Storytelling for World Book Day

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We have an extra special World Book Day event lined up for this year that not only celebrates the joy of reading and magical stories, but also the incredible work that one Cheltenham schoolboy has been doing to keep families entertained during lockdown.

Oscar, who attends Balcarras Academy School, started reading bedtime stories to local families during the first lockdown and attracted national attention.

We are over-the-moon to announce that Oscar will be joining us for a Bedtime Stories event on Thursday 4 March, 7pm on Facebook Live.

Oscar will be reading a passage from Space Oddity, an out-of-this-world adventure, written by local author Christopher Edge, illustrated by Ben Mantle and published by Chicken House Books.

We want to promote the joy of reading for pleasure by producing events that are accessible to all. By introducing magical stories into children’s lives at a young age, we aim to increase their passion for reading.

What is World Book Day?
World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. The mission of the annual event is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.