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Dream Snatcher author Abi Elphinstone: ‘Books can make you a good human’

Writer helps children at Essendine Primary School in Maida Vale

03 March, 2017 — By Tevye Markson

Author Abi Elphinstone: aiming to ‘re-wild’ children

A CHILDREN’S author has spoken about the importance of reading and having outdoor adventures for World Book Day.

Abi Elphinstone often reads to children in Essendine Primary School in Maida Vale for charity Beanstalk, which works one-to-one with children who struggle with reading.

The Dream Snatcher author, who has dyslexia, said: “It was the books I read as a child which taught me how to tackle life. It was within the pages of these books that I learnt to be a good human.”

Abi, who grew up in Scotland but now lives near to the Essendine, promotes “re-wilding” children and encourages them to aim to get out of the city as much as possible. When researching her latest book she went to live with Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia and dog-sled in the Antarctic.

World Book Day, celebrated yesterday (Thursday) and organised by Unesco, sees millions of children given £1 book tokens.

Abi said: “Anything with a narrative helps a child into the world of reading. From there they can go on to books that teach invaluable lessons about inclusivity, compassion and courage.”

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