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📖 Reading spread the joy of reading for World Book Day!

Royals host design-a-bookmark competition and book giveaway

9 March 2020

The Reading FC Community Trust were at the forefront of the fun once again for World Book Day – both at a matchday, and out and about in our local community.

In the last few weeks, primary school pupils had been asked to submit their designs for a Reading FC bookmark – and with almost 100 entries, the winning selections were made from the Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 age groups.

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The two winners’ designs were turned into real-life bookmarks (thanks to Reading-based business Sign Wise UK) and they were surprised at their schools on World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) by club mascot Kingsley, who presented them with their bookmarks and a signed Reading FC shirt!

Luca was the winner for the Years 1-3 age-group – a big Reading fan who was delighted to see Kingsley at his school. Meanwhile Lara, who won the Years 4-6 competition, said: “I just enjoy football and reading, that’s what inspired me to design the bookmark… thank you for the prizes!”


And at our most recent home league fixture, when we hosted Barnsley on Saturday 29th February, WHSmith conducted an amazing giveaway for young fans.

World Book Day Book Tokens were given out around the ground before the match, and staff from the Reading branch of WHSmith were on hand to exchange the token for a £1 book and a boodmark at the Kids’ Activity Cabin.


A great success – 160 books were claimed on the day! Thanks to everyone who got involved.

Photography: Newbury Weekly News

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