Are you a superstar when it comes to telling a story?

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THE search is on to find Sunderland’s best bedtime story reader.

Two authors have teamed up with World Book Day organisers to find the UK’s first Storytelling Superstar, as part of efforts to get more people reading.

Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, who wrote The Gruffalo, and How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell are looking for somebody who “thrills and charms a young audience” when they read to them.

The pair say they want to hear about parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers or librarians in Sunderland, who add an extra element of fun when they read aloud to a young audience.

Julia said: “I’m delighted to team up with World Book Day and help find the country’s first ever Storytelling Superstar.

“All children love being told a story, and a good storyteller can transport his or her listeners into a different world.

“It’s a wonderful way of stimulating children’s imagination, helping them to understand themselves and others.”

Cressida added: “There are so many wonderful storytellers hidden away in homes, schools and libraries across Sunderland.

“It’s about time we celebrated their exceptional talents.

“I’m incredibly proud to act as a judge for Storytelling Superstar.”

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