David spreads the gospel of good books

Author and illustrator David Bedford pats a visit to Stobhillgate First School at Morpeth.
Author and illustrator David Bedford pats a visit to Stobhillgate First School at Morpeth.

AN author and illustrator entertained Morpeth school pupils as part of a project to encourage an appreciation of books.

As part of the 29th Northern Children’s Book Festival, David Bedford spent the day at Stobhillgate First School.

His best-selling picture books include the worldwide hit Big Bear, Little Bear, and its sequel Bedtime For Little Bears. He is also well known for The Team series of short fiction for older children, which features a football-playing robot. After explaining how he writes his books, Mr Bedford got the children to take part in group storytelling and songs.

The Northern Children’s Book Festival is one of the largest and oldest in Europe.

It is organised and managed exclusively by library staff across the North East.

More than 40 well-known writers, poets and illustrators will be performing book readings, leading workshops and taking part in signings throughout the festival period.

Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for libraries at Northumberland County Council, said: “Reading is all about imagination and creativity and that’s what the festival is all about. It encourages children to develop an appreciation of books, while also providing a great opportunity for them to meet, talk with and become inspired by their favourite authors.”

For more information about the festival, including the gala day in Stockton on Saturday, visit www.ncbfgaladay.co.uk