18-04-2012: Author Robert Muchamore launches The ReadingZone Live on The London Grid for Learning
Robert Muchamore, bestselling author of the CHERUB series, helped launch a new programme of author events into London’s schools. The programme, The ReadingZone Live, aims to get secondary students from across London being introduced some of the best contemporary books and London-based authors.
The ReadingZone Live will host regular, live author events at schools in London that will be streamed online for any school to join in and watch. The events will also be video-conferenced to a smaller group of London schools where students can put their questions directly to the authors.
The events are being organised by ReadingZone.com in partnership with The London Grid for Learning and aim to support readers and help promote the work of librarians in London’s schools
Robert Muchamore joined pupils at City Academy, London SE1, for a talk and Q&A session on Wednesday 25th April at 3.30pm. Pupils from around London were able to watch Muchamore and then put their questions to him live.
ReadingZone.com director Caroline Horn said, “This programme is a real opportunity to spread the word about some wonderful books and authors to schools, librarians and young people in London at a time when everyone is concerned about children’s literacy levels and reading habits. We hope our new initiatives will help more young people to be inspired by reading and writing, as well as supporting the many children who do read and who are hungry to read more.”
LGfL Content Manager Bob Usher said, “This new partnership has the aim of not only promoting the joy and importance of reading for London’s children, but also compliments the extensive LGfL literacy resource offer already available to London’s schools. Reading should provide a lifetime of experiences, insights and excitement and we seek to encourage this from the earliest ages in London schools.”
Among the other projects being planned by ReadingZone and LGfL are online events for primary schools, including author visits to London schools, and a picture book competition.