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Stories for Smiles


A fun two day feast of magical storytelling


Stories for Smiles is a sponsored read of chosen children's books and will take place during half term week on the 1st and 2nd of November in the excellent Children's Department at Waterstones in Cambridge.


Local celebrities will also be taking part in Stories for Smiles, bringing the stories alive with their unique voices. These include actor Richard Heffer, local MP Julian Huppert, and even the Mayor of Cambridge, with more signing up every week! Local children's authors Nicola Killen, Dave Shelton & Kathy Henderson will open 3-5 yr old sessions of their own books and Helen Moss will also take part - a great opportunity to hear writers reading their own stories.


Readers Itinerary


Thursday 1 November


0930 Opening of Stories for Smiles by Councillor Sheila Stuart, Mayor of Cambridge
1040-1050 Children's author,Nicola Killen reading and creating a collage for 3-5 years
1200-1220 Children's author, Mary-Louisa Glynn reading her own 'Jimmy the Giraffe' for 3-5 years
1400-1410 Local author, Helen Moss reading from 'The Mystery of the Smugglers' Wreck' followed by puzzles/treasure hunt



Friday 2 November



0930 Opening reading by Stephen Mitcham, CEO, The Cambridge Building Society
0935 Tim Bryson, Chair of Trustees, Blue Smile
1020-1030 Children's author, Dave Shelton reading from 'A Boy and Bear in a Boat' and 'Good Dog Bad Dog' for 6-9 years. Dave will chat about his books after his reading
1450-1500 Children's author, Kathy Henderson reading 'Little Boat' for 3-5 years
1500-1520 Richard Heffer, actor reading from The Percy Jackson books for 10-13 years
1800 Julian Huppert MP doing the final reading from the Percy Jackson series for 10-13 years.



The chosen books fall into three age groups:


3-5 years a selection of books including those by Nicola Killen, Kathy Henderson, Dave Shelton, Julia Donaldson, Rob Scotton, Judith Kerr and many more.


6-9 years starting with the David Walliams books and followed by Jacqueline Wilson books as well as including 'The Mystery of...' books by Helen Moss.


10-13 years Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan


There will also be fun activities on both days such as face painting and collage making.


Every reader will receive a bookmark and windmill courtesy of the Cambridge Building Society who are supporting this event.


A big thank you to Waterstones and to the Cambridge Building Society for their support.



How do I take part?


To get involved you need to book a 5 minute reading aloud slot of your choice (you may book more than one slot if you wish and you can book on both days). Having booked your slot you will receive a confirmation email which will tell you how to make a donation and how to download a sponsorship form. or set up an on-line sponsorship page. Your donation can be as little or as much as you want from 1 upwards. Why not ask friends and family to sponsor your reading for as little as 20p a minute!
Everyone, whatever age (children, young people & adults) is welcome to come and read - just book your slot



Book your reading slot here


You are very welcome to come along on both days and listen to the readings and join in the activities. There may be reading slots available on the day but we cannot guarantee this. If you want to read, pre-booking is highly recommended!

DONT FORGET to click forward to November 1st and 2nd in the calendar to make your booking


Click on the button below to make a booking:


Once you have made a booking dont forget to click here to DONATE



and once you have made a booking dont forget to also click here for sponsorship form


OR click here to set up your own sponsorship site



Any queries to: info@bluesmileproject.org



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