Terry Pratchett and the Wurzels' Tommy Banner back Time for a Story campaign
Author Terry Pratchett and Tommy Banner from the Wurzels are backing Somerset County Council’s drive to recruit more adopters during National Adoption Week.
Authors and celebrities are supporting the Time for a Story campaign by sharing their favourite memory of reading a children’s story with a loved one. Sharing a great children’s book can create some of the most magical moments of both childhood and parenting. The Time for a Story campaign aims to get people talking about these special moments and thinking about adoption during National Adoption Week (November 4-10).
Terry Pratchett, best-selling fantasy author, said: “I think the first book my wife Lyn and I read to our daughter Rhianna was The Maggie B by Irene Haas, which she greatly enjoyed, and she had two library tickets of her own before she could read. Later she came to love Tove Jansson’s books, as I had copies of every one.”
Tommy Banner from the Wurzels said: “I’ve got two grandsons, Oliver and Sid, and although I did read to both of them during the day, I only read to Oliver at bedtime because Sid would never go to sleep, and I’d end up asleep first. Oliver’s favourites were Fireman Sam, Roary the Racing Car and Gruffalo.
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“I think I enjoyed reading to him as much as he enjoyed being read to because it gave me the chance to do the different voices and he loved that. I’d go upstairs saying you’re getting one story, maybe two, then end up reading three or four.
“It’s a really wonderful way of spending time with children. Even reading fictional children’s books like Fireman Sam can be very educational, because one day, Oliver at age five, tore a strip off me for attempting to put two three-pin-plugs into an adaptor. He said: ‘You should know that Fireman Sam says that doing that might cause a fire.’ I apologised and didn’t try it again.”
Members of the public are also being encouraged to post their own fondest moments of being read to or reading to their child on www.facebook.com/AdoptioninSomerset where people can also vote for Somerset’s favourite children’s story.
Two adoption information events are being held in Somerset this week. These are an opportunity to find out about adoption, ask the council’s Adoption Team questions and speak to adopters about what it is really like to adopt. The first will be held this evening from 7-9pm, at the Holiday Inn, Taunton. The second is on Wednesday, November 6 from 7-9pm, at Northover Manor Hotel, Ilchester.
To find out more about adopting a child visit www.adoptioninsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 587 9900 for an information pack.