PUPILS at a Sunderland school are to benefit from the city’s first reading patron.
Seaburn Dene Primary School is celebrating after author and songwriter Karen Langtree agreed to be their Patron of Reading.
Karen is author of the popular children’s books, Fairy Rescuers and My Wicked Stepmother.
She has fired the imagination of children nationwide, but now Karen is set to see a lot of more of youngsters at Seaburn Dene Primary, inspiring a new generation of authors, poets and songwriters.
The Patron of Reading scheme aims to get children to read purely for enjoyment rather than because they have to for academic reasons.
And, the Torver Crescent school is the first in the city to take part in the project.
Karen said: “I had such a wonderful, uplifting time speaking to the children at Seaburn Dene, reading to them and answering their interesting questions.
“I hope I inspired them to aspire to things themselves. It was great hearing them laugh at my story that is not yet a book and I hope to share more of it with them in the future.
“I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in the school’s life.”
Her appointment at the school will see her work closely with staff and children to bring reading and writing to life.
Ten-year-old Ellie Cowperthwaite said: “Karen really inspired us, particularly when she shared her favourite authors: C S Lewis and Michael Morpurgo.”
Eleven-year-old Madeleine Hutcheon added: “I didn’t realise how much work went into writing books, she was really inspirational.”
Karen, who is originally from Chester-le-Street, but now lives in York, read from her new children’s adventure, Knights of the Wobbly Castle.
Ethan Marrs, 11, added: “It was an amazing visit and to hear this from an author was fantastic, too.”
Headteacher Maxine Purdy, said: “We are passionate about building in creative opportunities for children to learn as part of our vibrant curriculum.
“Our partnership with Karen is destined to strengthen this.”