Reading celebration tops birthday party

We had a fantastic time meeting children at Hempstead Valley shopping centre’s big birthday celebrations.

Ivy England reads a bedtime story to Jemima the cat.

The centre is 40 years old this week and my best friend Phil Gallagher, who you know as Mister Maker, joined KM Charity Team boss Simon Dolby to tell everyone about the reading reward scheme Buster’s Book Club.

More than 100 children and their mums and dads came along and it took almost two hours for Mister Maker to say hello to everyone!

Lots of children meeting Mister Maker brought their favourite books to show us.

Phil Gallagher meets Phoebe Miller, three, and Bonnie, seven, of St Thomas Moore Catholic Primary School.

It was lovely to meet James, three, from Gravesend, who brought his pre-school class Owl George along to meet Mister Maker. Phoebe and Bonnie Miller of Medway brought their favourite, This Book has Bite, by author Nick Bromley.

And Ivy England, six, of Parkwood Infant School, brought a photo on her mum’s phone showing her reading a bedtime story to her cat Jemima. Ivy and her school are big fans of Buster’s Book Club and Ivy’s clever of idea of clocking up reading minutes by reading to a pet is something everyone should copy. When meeting Mister Maker she brought her favourite book Mog the Cat book – Mog and Bunny and other stories – to show Phil.  It was a great day meeting all the children!

If you have a favourite book you want to share with Mister Maker and children through this blog – or ever better you sometimes read to a family pet – then why not send in a photo and it might be published here.

Phil Gallagher meets James Steadman, three, of Whitehill Pre-school, Gravesend and George the class Owl.



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