Books for Schools 2021 program launched in Norfolk

A device that energizes school libraries with tokens is making a comeback this weekend.

Our Books for Schools initiative returns on Saturday October 16, in partnership with Enjoy Books More.

It will see families and communities collecting tokens printed in the Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich Evening News, saving them and donating them to their schools so they can win a share of £ 20,000 of books.

All participating schools will win £ 100 worth of books, while the school with the most books will win £ 1,000. Two finalists will receive £ 500.

If your school is not registered, there is still time to register – register on

The program was supported by author Sophie Green, who writes the spooky crime drama Potkin and Stubbs and who is based in East Anglia, working as a children’s librarian for Suffolk Libraries.

Carleton Rode youth in a previous competition.
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

She said: “The most important element in reading for pleasure is choice, from comics to factual books, from novels to picture books; finding the right book at the right time makes all the difference, so children need a lot of choice.

“Books are full of possibilities. They can take you on adventures on other planets and through this one, through time and in someone else’s place, they help us understand ourselves- same and each other.

“Every child deserves access to a library and every school library needs lots of books because reading changes lives.”

And Ann-Marie Howell, a Suffolk children’s author who writes historical fiction books, also supported the project.

“Fostering the love of reading in children is so important,” she said.

“In addition to developing vocabulary, language and writing skills, reading builds empathy and the evidence shows that a child who reads for pleasure will be more successful socially and economically as an adult. new and diverse books is essential, so I am delighted that Archant will be offering so many books to elementary school children in Norfolk and Suffolk.

10 of the first to register

  • Kenninghall Primary School
  • Loddon Primary School
  • Brisley Primary Academy
  • Wet the primer
  • Buxton Primary School
  • North Walsham Kindergartens and Primary Schools
  • Suffield Park Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Saint-Nicolas priory academy
  • Catfield Elementary School
  • Stalham Academy

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