Over 600 school children across London take part in free book festival aimed at inspiring a love of reading  

Over 600 children from 16 London primary schools have taken part in a special book festival aimed at inspiring a new generation of booklovers.  

A reading programme which partners students with their younger peers is being rolled out to secondary schools across England to help improve reading skills, confidence and enjoyment. National reading charity Beanstalk is aiming to train more than 3,500 students across the country to become Reading Leaders by the end of the next academic year. The Reading Leaders programme trains students in Years Nine and above to support and encourage younger pupils who are at serious risk of falling behind with their reading.

Children aged five to 15 across the country are being invited to enter the Dragonfly Tea Story Competition, with book vouchers and a prize-giving at one of the UK's leading book festivals on offer to the winners.

2018 marks the fourth consecutive year the Berkshire-based tea company has teamed up with the Henley Literary Festival for a short story competition. New this year is a focus on children and an exciting new partnership with literacy charity Beanstalk.