What a brilliant way to promote literature: create book illustrations on park benches!
That’s exactly what’s happening in London where the National Literacy Trust is commissioning artists to illustrate books on benches as a way of encouraging the public to engage with literature. In a call for sponsorship for this undertaking, the very innovative National Literacy Trust writes:
‘Books about Town’ will feature a series of BookBenches, individually designed by top international and local artists to celebrate stories linked to London, and to promote reading for enjoyment. The benches, shaped as open books, will be unveiled in various locations across the capital from next July 2014 and visitors will have the chance to discover them by following literary trails around London.
With the hope of creating 50-70 “BookBenches” around London, one can only hope that the idea will be picked up by other municipal councils around the world! Given that much reading occurs on park benches, the idea really is very cool!
The vivid colours depicting The Wind in the Willows noted in a recent article in The Guardian is just one of the appealing benches set to be put on display in 2014.
I can’t wait to see the illustration of one of my all time favourite picture story books – Michael Rosen’s “We’re going on a bear hunt”
But if you think this is the first time that someone has come up with the idea of promoting literature on park benches, you’re wrong. Check out this Pinterest site to see some very cool benches!