Vouchers hidden in the area will encourage youngsters to get their heads into a book

A Forres bookseller is encouraging children to do more reading in the summer holidays, and is organising events in the area to help them get access to books and raise money for their schools

Sarah Coulson, who is an independent Usborne Organiser, and former Forres bookshop owner, has organised the events for all children in the area, and is hiding book vouchers in the community as an incentive.

Sarah said: “The main event is a sponsored read. There is also a sponsored listen for pre-school children and those who have a visual or learning impairment. The money goes to the schools and nurseries to get new books for their libraries and classroom without touching any of their budget.

She explained that if the amount raised exceeds £120 they get an additional 10% of free books.

Noah’s Ark nursery took part in the sponsored listen. (pictured)

High street businesses

Three High Street businesses have kindly agreed to take the sponsorship forms in, for pupils to collect (Cafe 1496, the Co-Op and the Spar). There are prizes to be won by the person who spends the most time reading and the person who spends the most time listening.

Sarah added: “This event is completely separate to the Summer Reading Challenge being promoted by the local libraries but it works well in conjunction with it as both events encourage children to read and to make use of the town library.

Sarah is also organising a Hide & Seek game where children can play ‘Spot the Book Voucher’.

“Each week of the holidays I will hide a book voucher within the locality. The voucher enables the finder to get a free book or two from what I have in stock, or that I can order from the 3000+ titles available on my website. To claim it they just need to take a photo of where they found it and share that with me by posting it to my facebook page or texting me.”

More information is available at Sarah’s Facebook Page on https://www.facebook.com/BornToReadForres/

Picture shows youngsters from Noah’s Ark with Sarah (right) and their teacher Emma. Pic: Marc Hindley

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