We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Walker Books and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are celebrating 25 years of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, by attempting to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for the Largest reading lesson, to raise money for Read for RNIB Day; At 10am on TUESDAY 15TH JULY 2014 Walker Books will host a giant reading lesson starring Michael Rosen, the author of the beloved picture book.

Over 1000 children will come together at Charter Hall, Colchester, to take part in this unique fun-packed Bear Hunt reading lesson created especially for the occasion. To make this a national celebration, the event will be live-streamed on www.jointhebearhunt.com for all children to watch and take part.

Four special remote venues will host in-house screening events with their local schools, these are: Seven Stories in Newcastle, Discover Story Centre in Stratford, East London, The Story Museum in Oxford and Birmingham’s New Central Library – so the Largest reading lesson will be enjoyed by brave bear hunters nationwide. On the day each child involved will be asked to donate £1 to Read for RNIB Day to help open up a world of reading and make more books accessible to blind and partially sighted children.

This new charitable activity for 2014 further solidifies Walker Books and RNIB's special charity partnership. In 2013 Helen Oxenbury’s Alice in Wonderland spearheaded the ‘Read for RNIB’ campaign and Walker and RNIB gave away 70K copies of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt through the Daily Express and 491 Morrison stores.

The event will be fully accessible for children of all abilities; Yellow Door, the educational publication licensee for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt have written the material available for schools, and all activities have been developed in association with RNIB to ensure that everyone can take part and enjoy the event and celebrate 25 years of this bestselling picture book. Walker Books and RNIB are working with Just Imagine Story Centre on the event, and Nikki Gamble, Just Imagine’s founder, will lead the event alongside Michael Rosen.

For the first time in 25 years we can go over it, but we don’t want to go under it! The World’s Biggest Ever Bear Hunt on Tuesday 15 July will attempt to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for ‘the Largest reading lesson’. It is currently held by the Read Foundation (Pakistan) when 441 participants had a reading lesson at the Bhimber Stadium, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

To sign up to take part in the event and for exclusive school activity packs, visit: www.jointhebearhunt.com/RNIB

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