Look for a Book Initiative Launched by Ashdown House for Storytelling Week

Ashdown House School hides 100 books for local children to find around Forest Row

Initiative launched to mark National Storytelling Week 1st Feb – 8th February  #LookforaBookAshdown

Forest Row, 22 Feb, 2020: Ashdown House School is bringing the ‘Look for a Book’ craze to Forest Row and the surrounding areas to help spread the love of literacy and encourage children to read. The initiative, launched to celebrate National Storytelling Week, invites children to get outdoors to hunt for the hidden books.

The students of Ashdown House Prep school are hiding the 100 books for other children to find. Each book has been put into a sealed bag to protect it from the elements and includes a note asking the lucky finder to ‘read and re-hide’. The scheme aims to feed children’s imagination, setting them on a treasure hunt to unearth new stories in hidden places.

Hilary Phillips, the newly-appointed Head of Ashdown House School, says: “Children love the thrill of hide and seek and what better way to set them on a lifelong path of reading for pleasure. We’re encouraging families to get out and find the books together and take them home to enjoy, before re-hiding in another mystery spot for other children to continue the challenge.

“In the heart of Winnie the Pooh territory, the hunt is on to see how many books you can find. We hope that grownups will enjoy the pursuit too, for in the words of Dr. Seuss ‘you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child’.”

The books, aimed at primary school aged children, will be dotted around Forest Row, Coleman’s Hatch, Ashurst Wood, Hartfield and Sharpthorne; in parks and shops, along walking trails and in nooks and crannies. The school aims to extend the scheme further into neighbouring towns and villages.

A dedicated Facebook Group Look for a Book Ashdown has been set up to enable recipients to share their book finds and to keep the adventure going.