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World Book Day: Percy the Park Keeper author Nick Butterworth talks about his own struggles with reading

A top children's author has shared his own struggles with learning to read in an exclusive letter to children to mark World Book Day.

Nick Butterworth, creator of the popular Percy the Park Keeper series of stories, describes knowing as a child he was no a great reader and what he did to try and change that because he 'wanted to be able to read stories for myself'.

World Book Day is taking place today, with thousands of children across the county expected to go to school dressed as their favourite literary character.

Nick Butterworth World Book Day letter (30788873)
Nick Butterworth World Book Day letter (30788873)

As part of celebrations this week, each child will also receive a £1 book token through their school or nursery, which can either be exchanged for an exclusive World Book Day free book or against the cost of a full-priced book or audio story.

If your child is dressing up for World Book Day, we would love to see your photos. You can email them to news@newmarketjournal.co.uk along with your child's name and the character they have chosen.

And the Journal will be visiting schools in the area taking pictures of classes. See Thursday's Journal for all the pictures.

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