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Reading in Wigan is DINOmite
Monday 27th October, 2008

Reading in Wigan is DINOmite

CHILDREN’S author Ian Whybrow is paying Wigan a visit as part of a day dedicated to reading about dinosaurs.

The former English teacher turned author will read his book “Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs” to more than 300 children during the largest book related event Wigan’s library service has ever held.

Organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - who run Wigan’s libraries – it will take place at the Monaco Ballroom on Wednesday 29th October between 2pm and 4pm.

With more than 60 children’s books to his name he’s sure to be a big hit with the youngsters.

Carole Ogden, Bookstart Pilot Reader Development Manager said: “A party invitation was sent out to every reception child in Wigan, and more than 300 lucky children and their families will be coming along for a fun afternoon with dinosaur related crafts, games and books.

“This is the largest book-related children's event that the library service has held in Wigan. It has been made possible by Booktrust, a national programme that gifts books to youngsters to improve literacy and raise the profile of reading for pleasure.”

“Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs” has now been made into a popular TV programme, that is shown on Channel 5's “Milkshake”.

As part of the pilot project every reception child in the country has been given a copy of the book.

Refreshments and fun dinosaur activities will be on offer from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living team. The library staff, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, Family Learning and Bookstart teams will be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as helping everyone to have a monstrously good afternoon!

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