I can’t actually believe that ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ – the classic rhyming tale of a family’s adventure to find a bear – is 25 years old. Although it’s still not quite old enough to have been a book from my own childhood *cough cough* 😉 it still feels as though it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I’ve shared it countless times with my own children (it really is one of THE most satisfying stories to read out loud), seen it acted out by a class of very excitable young children when I was a teacher and now it’s going to be part of a very special attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest reading lesson (which in itself sounds like a Very Cool Thing – I like to rate the fun factor of world record attempts in much the same way as I used to rate which were the most exciting badges to get at Brownies…) as part of The Royal National Institute of Blind People‘s ‘Read for RNIB’ day tomorrow (Tuesday 15th July, 2014).
The best part about all of this is that YOU get to be involved! In a radical departure from what I imagine most of us would usually be doing at 10am on Tuesday morning, tomorrow you can follow the live stream of author Michael Rosen and Nikki Gamble of the Just Imagine Story Centre who will be leading the event. These two reading heroes have been working with Walker Books and the RNIB to come up with the interactive reading lesson that will be shared by children and their teddy bears up and down the country (and which will, of course, be fully accessible to those who are blind or partially sighted) and hopefully by you as well.
You can join in by going to the RNIB’s website here in time for the start of the event at 10am tomorrow. There’s even a hashtag if you want to share the fun on Twitter: #BearHunt – what more could you ask for?!
Please do join in if you’re around and then pop over here afterwards to let us know what fun you’ve had!