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Bookworms go wild in The Village bookshop in Woodford Green on £300 shopping spree

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 March 2017

Pupils from Gearies Primary School who have won book vouchers selecting their chosen books at the Village Bookshop in Woodford Green

Pupils from Gearies Primary School who have won book vouchers selecting their chosen books at the Village Bookshop in Woodford Green

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Young readers had a blast this week after they were treated to a £300 shopping spree in an independent book store.

Year 6 pupils at Gearies Primary School, in Gants Hill, were delighted to learn they had been selected for the joyous task, courtesy of an award-winning author.

The scheme, which saw the children choose 54 books at The Village Bookshop, High Road, Woodford Green, was set up by author Siobhan Dowd.

Ms Dowd, best known for A Monster Calls and The London Eye Mystery, started the scheme before she passed away from breast cancer in 2007.

Her trust now gives out money to allow children to buy books for their school.

Nicole Moore, Year 2 leader, said everyone was blown away by the generous act.

“We really are so grateful to the Siobhan Dowd Trust and proud of all we achieve with our book clubs. The children have developed such positive attitudes towards reading and it’s helping them to make fantastic progress.

“We must also say a huge thank you to The Village Bookshop too, who were really accommodating and helpful.”

On the day, the children were told to only pick books for pleasure, rather than educational purposes.

It helped cement their enthusiasm as readers for life, added Mrs Moore.

She said: “The children were so excited to choose their books.

“We chose pupils from the reading groups, which were initially designed for reluctant readers.

“But these groups were designed to inspire a life-long love of reading, and the children couldn’t wait to visit the store.

“A customer actually stopped me to tell me how nice it was to see the children so happy about reading.”

A spokeswoman for the Siobhan Dowd Trust said: “The judges choose Gearies Primary School because of the stress on creating readers for life there and the clear sense of a love of books in their application.

“Our bookshop spree competition is designed to get kids into bookshops and for them to choose their own books and then hopefully encourage them to spread that enthusiasm once they get back to school.

“We had a terrific response to the competition in 2016, so much so we are repeating it this year and next.”

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