250 children’s books to be hidden around Maidstone area as part of local ‘Little Look for a Book’ project, supported by Countryside

Little Look for a book project near Countryside at Rosewood

A local not-for-profit initiative in Kent, the ‘Little Look for a Book’ project, is aiming to make reading fun and accessible for children in and around Maidstone, through hiding books for local families to find – with a donation from leading mixed-use developer, Countryside, supporting the purchase of 250 books to be hidden as part of the project.

World Book Day – which was celebrated on 3rd March in over 100 countries – highlights the vital importance of reading, with insights showing that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, more than family circumstances, their parents’ education background, or their income.

Working in partnership with Usborne, one of the world’s leading independent book publishers, the initiative, which is led by local Maidstone resident Kirsty Mullett, sees books hidden around local communities, offering children the opportunity to hunt to find a book, which they can then read and re-hide, or keep to re-read in the future.

Countryside – which is delivering a modern new community at Rosewood, in Langley – is supporting the initiative with the donation of 250 books, all to be hidden in areas surrounding Maidstone. The donation has enabled the purchase of books ranging from first-reader nursery rhymes like Old Macdonald Had A Farm, and fairy tales such as Rumpelstiltskin and the Princess and the Pea, through to classics including Pride and Prejudice and Little Woman.

Kirsty Mullett from the ‘Little Look for a Book’ project, comments: “My mission is to make reading more fun for children - something which started as a hobby for myself and my children, but that I’ve enjoyed expanding to supporting schools and nurseries with free reading challenges and events too. Whilst doing this I’ve seen the difference it can make firsthand, so it’s fantastic that we have been able to broaden this initiative out to promote reading for pleasure for children across the local Maidstone area. Countryside’s support of the project is so appreciated and has meant we can hide a further 250 books for local children and families.”  
Danny Wood, Managing Director, Southern Home Counties, Countryside, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a fun and creative initiative, and that we have been able to play a role in helping to instill a joy of reading for children across Maidstone through the ‘Little Look for a Book’ project. As they’re hidden in local neighbourhoods over the coming weeks, we hope our donation of books will bring even more excitement to reading.”

The next batch of fiction and non-fiction books, suitable for young readers from two years old up to eight years old, will be hidden around Langley (12th April), Boughton Monchelsea (20th April) and Loose (23rd April).