Doncaster children celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh day with author event and workshops

This week, thousands of children across the country, including 370 from Doncaster, tuned in to an author event celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh day with the National Literacy Trust.

Saturday, 22nd January 2022, 10:03 am

The national event featured Jane Riordan, author of Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear.

Jane took thousands of children back to where it all began as her book, illustrated by Mark Burgess, explores the time when Winnie-the-Pooh was originally purchased for a baby Christopher Robin.

All schools attending the event were given access to a brand new activity pack created and generously donated by HarperCollins.

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Thousands celebrated Winnie the Pooh Day

Five of the National Literacy Trust’s regional campaigns, including Doncaster Stories, also received 1,000 copies of the children’s classic Winnie-the-Pooh: The Best Bear in all the World.

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The books are being gifted via schools, foodbanks, and the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Doncaster Adult, Family and Community Learning also ran a week of Winnie-the-Pooh workshops across local Family Hubs. Doncaster Stories provided all those who attended with a free book and an activity pack to help support children’s literacy from home.

Families in Doncaster can still join in with celebrations by downloading the Winnie-the-Pooh day activity pack from the National Literacy Trust website.

Phil Sheppard, Senior Project Officer for Doncaster Stories said: “It was great to see so many Doncaster children take part in the national event as it was an exciting opportunity to meet an author. Lots of us enjoyed Winnie-the-Pooh as a child so this is a story that can bring families together and spark a love of reading among young children today. ”

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