Bradford Stories is hosting an exclusive poetry event on the Bradford Stories bus to celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter

Miles of Magic: The Harry Potter Book Relay

The schools are just two of 25 schools from local National Literacy Trust campaigns, including Bradford Stories, taking part in Miles of Magic: The Harry Potter Book Relay.

Over the past four months, a special copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone traveled from school to school, students adding their own additions to the book before passing it on.

The book arrived in Bradford on May 18 when pupils had the chance to contribute to this beloved story, before hopping on the bus which was decorated with Harry Potter reading challenges, house sticker sheets, bookmarks, postcards and activity books.

Meanwhile, the 25 schools each received a trunk of Harry Potter treats to inspire students to celebrate the books and support their reading. Each trunk contains a set of free Harry Potter books, a school resource from Warner Bros (the production company behind the Harry Potter films), a printed copy of the new Miles of Magic Reading Challenge, stickers, merchandise, the postcards that must be on display at celebratory events this summer, and more.

Michelle Hargreaves, Head of St Philips C of E Primary School, said: “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the relay and the wonderful Harry Potter resources. The bus just topped it all off!

Imran Hafeez, Hub Manager for Bradford Stories, National Literacy Trust, said: “The kids’ poetry spells were epic. We’re thrilled to team up with Bloomsbury on this project to celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter! The books have inspired so many children – and even parents – in Bradford and across the UK to find a love of reading that is so vital to supporting literacy development.

“With three schools taking part in the Book Relay and all schools in Bradford encouraged to join the Jonny Duddle event and run their own Miles of Magic reading challenge, we hope many more children in Bradford will be charmed by the magic of reading.

Beatrice Cross, Advertising Manager at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, said:For 25 years, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has captivated generations of children, delighted avid readers and encouraged reluctant readers to discover the joy of reading. We are delighted to be working with the National Literacy Trust to continue Harry’s legacy and help today’s children begin their magical reading journey, unlocking their potential along the way.

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