The Get Reading Festival – part of the paper’s Get London Reading campaign – will include performances from Billy Elliot; a reading from Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; plus famous authors and celebrity storytellers helping children to take part in a giant read-a-thon.
London Evening Standard has teamed up with Barnes & Noble e-reader brand Nook on the literary campaign, which aims to help struggling readers to catch up with their peers and to maximise on the opportunities that reading brings.
Niamh Cusack, who plays Christopher’s teacher Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, gave her backing to the event with a special reading at the Apollo Theatre in front of a group of schoolchildren from St Gabriel’s primary school in Pimlico.
Cusack said: "Every child has the right to basic reading skills and the Get Reading event is a fabulous way to highlight the fact that not all children are leaving school with these basic needs."
Jim Hilt, managing director of Barnes & Noble, said: "Barnes & Noble is committed to making reading more accessible and fun for kids in the UK and partnering with top West End shows is a great way to encourage literacy in children.
"Bringing this kind of timeless entertainment to children and families at the Get Reading Festival in July will help introduce a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for great theatre in children of all ages."
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