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“Without books the world would be angrier” - author backs our £20,000 children’s books giveaway

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 29 September 2018

The East Anglian Book Awards 2016. Keiron Pim, author of Jumpin' Jack Flash, wins the Biography and Memoir award. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The East Anglian Book Awards 2016. Keiron Pim, author of Jumpin' Jack Flash, wins the Biography and Memoir award. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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With just two days to go until the official launch of our Books for Schools campaign, a children’s author has spoken about the positive ways books have shaped his life.

Keiron Pim will be taking part in this year's Wymondham Words. Picture: SUBMITTEDKeiron Pim will be taking part in this year's Wymondham Words. Picture: SUBMITTED

In 2013 Keiron Pim’s talent for making complicated subjects easy to understand, won him the opportunity to the write children’s book “The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs”.

The book gives insights into the ever-fascinating world of dinosaurs through “fun facts and gory details” and has been hugely popular, especially with primary aged boys.

Although his work focuses on real life events, Keiron said his love of words came from consuming mountains of fiction in his formative years.

The writer said: “I can measure my childhood by the books I read. The earliest book I remember is a series of books called Picture Lions, and from there I moved on to Shirley Hughes, Roald Dahl and then Tolkien.

“Reading taught me what pleasure could be found in words and about the power of stories.

“Without books the world would be angrier, duller, more insular because books connect people. They stimulate empathy because they teach you about other peoples’ lives.

“There is a huge amount of openness involved in reading. You have to open your mind to receiving this story.

“As a writer there is something immensely satisfying about being able to find stories and share them with other people.”

Mr Pim, from Norwich, is backing the launch of Monday’s campaign in which schools are encouraged to collect tokens from the paper to be in with a chance to win a share of £20,000 of books.

More than 150 Norfolk schools have already signed up for the chance to win their share of £20,000 worth of free books, but there is still time to get involved.

The campaign is free to take part in and your school will receive £100 worth of free books per 1,000 tokens collected.

Make sure your school is registered by visiting www.edp24.co.uk/going-out/books-for-schools-2018-free-books-for-schools-1-5702193.

Favourite Children’s book

“It would be a choice between The Hobbit, which I read when I was eight or nine, or a collection of ghost stories called “Ghost after Ghost”, compiled by Aidan Chambers. There was a story in there called “If She Bends, She Breaks” by John Gordon, which was incredibly unsettling.”

Favourite illustrator

“Shirley Hughes.”

Favourite character

“He’s not my favourite character but my favourite relationship in a children’s book is between Danny (from Danny Champion of the World, Roald Dahl) and his father. It made me think about my own relationship with my father with fondness.”

Which children’s story would you love to live in?

“I would live in the world as illustrated by Shirley Hughes. She paints a picture of warm, multicultural city life which make me think of the best bits of childhood.”

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