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“Reach for the Sky” with Manchester Airport as it launches its very own free children’s book

Manchester Airport today published its own children’s book as part of its 80th birthday celebrations, called “Reach For The Sky”.

The book, aimed at Primary School children, tells an enchanting story about travel, determination and achieving your dreams.

To launch the book the airport is offering a range of school initiatives, to support children’s reading across its vast catchment area. It has 5,000 copies of the book to give away to schools across the region.

The UK’s third largest airport is inviting schools to get in touch to get copies for a full class. In addition to a copy of the book, the airport is also giving schools the chance to have an aviation assembly where the books will be presented alongside an interactive airport workshop.

The airport is also re-branding its existing Six Book Challenge using pictures from the book. The Six Book Challenge is in partnership with the Read Manchester Campaign, where pupils are challenged to read six different books in a variety of situations and locations. This challenge introduces the importance of reading for enjoyment. Schools are provided with a starter pack for each student, including a challenge booklet and a bookmark. Once the challenge has been completed, pupils can swap their completed booklet for a certificate and badge.

Finally, the Northern hub is also launching a writing competition where it will ask pupils to write a sequel to “Reach For The Sky”. The winning school will win a series of magical workshops from the book’s illustrator, Gabrielle Dow (Fantastic Fiction Factory). Gabrielle will work with the whole school to write and illustrate their own printed children’s book.