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The book benches inspiring reading

A unique collection of benches has been placed around the city of Stoke in a bid to inspire schools and community groups to read.

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Created by Hillside Primary, this bench is inspired by Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The benches have been decorated in themes of comic books, fairy tales and novels to “spark a love of reading.”

20 benches in the shape of open books have been created and placed around the city. Locals can find all the benches using a special BookBench trail map which can be found at local libraries, any venue taking part in the project, or downloaded online.

The BookBenches which have been painted and decorated by local schools and community groups feature designs based on the city’s favourite stories.

...the inspiration for the trail came from a desire to raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills

A Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix bench was created by students at the Discovery Academy England Primary School after students voted it as their favourite book.

Pupils at Saint Nathaniel’s Academy created a twist on the popular children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by recreating the cover.

Comic book characters were brought to life by pupils at St John’s CE Primary School when pupils decorated their ‘Character Comic Capers’ bench with their favourite characters in the style of a graphic novel.

Created by Excel Academy, this bench is inspired by The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins with the line: “May the odds be ever in your favour”

Pupils and staff at Glebe Academy took inspiration from their favourite fairy tales for their ‘Once Upon a Time’ bench.

Organised by the National Literacy Hub in Stoke-on-Trent known as Stoke Reads in partnership with Wild in Art, the inspiration for the trail came from a desire to raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills.

The BookBench trail was officially launched on April 9th and the benches will be on display at public venues until June 30th.

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