Primary school pupils were treated to a world-premiere reading by best-selling author Nick Butterworth of his latest Percy the Park Keeper Book.
And in addition to reading the children from One Springy Day, Mr Butterworth left them with a near-unique poster incorporating original artwork he designed for the book’s cover.
There are only two copies of the poster in existence after the publisher ultimately settled on a different design for the cover. Now, one is in permanent residence at Northumberland Heath Primary in Bexley.
Children from the school’s Acorns class won the story-time session with Mr Butterworth after coming top in an inter-school challenge with reading reward scheme Buster’s Book Club.
Mr Butterworth read the book at a special prize assembly for the whole school.
Buster’s Book Club coordinator Kay Devine said: “This wonderful story-time session shows the value to schools of signing up with the club.
“It was extraordinary to see the spell Nick cast over the children as we he weaved his storytelling magic.
“And I’m sure many pupils were left with an enhanced appreciation of just how rewarding books and reading can be.”
Also in attendance for the story-time session were members of the Rotary Club of Bexley, who pay for the school to take part in the scheme.
Buster’s Book Club is designed to make reading cool, and sets children individual home-reading targets. Children are set a series of challenges throughout the year, including inter-class and inter-school events, which culminate with an annual record reading attempt.
It is supported by Little Cheyne Court wind farm, the Kent Community Foundation, Golding Vision, Orbit, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Medway Council, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Planet Ice, Diggerland, Hornby, Wildwood and Kent County Council.
Visit bustersbookclub.co.uk to join and win prizes.
And watch a video of Mr Butterworth reading from his new book at Northumberland Heath Primary here: