South Yorkshire author urges families to read together

Children's author Peter J Murray
Children's author Peter J Murray
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AN AUTHOR from Rotherham is joining pop star Peter Andre in a world record attempt in Sheffield tomorrow, to encourage parents to read more with their children.

Peter J Murray will take part in Roald Dahl readings at Meadowhall with Celebrity Dad of the Year Andre, as they attempt to get more than 4,000 children in the record books.

Murray, author of Bonebreaker and the Mokee Joe series, said if it wasn’t for his Sheffield steelworker dad reading to him when he was a boy, he may not be where he is today. “My dad used to work as a steelworker – he couldn’t do a lot but one of the things he could do was read,” said Murray.

He said his own ‘mission in life’ is to go into schools and get children to use their imaginations more. “One of the things I’m keen on is getting parents to read with their kids,” said Murray. “It’s a way families bond – parents don’t do it enough.”

Murray, who starts a six-week tour of 29 schools in the USA next week, said technological advances will never replace a good book. “I see so many kids sniffing books!” he said. “That book is a very personal thing.”