Top of the tots: Peter Andre world record reading bid at Sheffield’s Meadowhall

Hello to South Yorkshire: Book fan Peter Andre hopes to break reading record at Sheffield's Meadowhall on lucky for some, Friday, April 13, 2012.  Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Hello to South Yorkshire: Book fan Peter Andre hopes to break reading record at Sheffield's Meadowhall on lucky for some, Friday, April 13, 2012. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

CHART-topper Peter Andre hopes to be top of the tots with the help of thousands of youngsters in a reading world record attempt tomorrow at Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre.

The pop superstar - a former Celebrity Dad of the Year - wants more than 4,000 children to turn up in a bid for the most children reading with an adult.

South Yorkshire author Peter J Murray will join him in Roald Dahl readings as they try to get in the record books and encourage all parents to read more with their children.

Mysterious Girl hitmaker Andre recently launched a range of childrens books in association with publishing house Ladybird Books.

He said: “Reading with your children is one of the most magical experiences for any parent, but it is also an important pastime for your child.

“I’m really excited to be taking part in the world record attempt and would like to ask all the parents and children across Yorkshire to come and help me break the record – it is a big ask but together I am confident we can read ourselves into the record books.” 

Rotherham man Murray, author of Bonebreaker and the Mokee Joe series of books, 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.

He said he is now on his own ‘mission in life’ is to go into schools and get children to use their imaginations more. He starts a six-week tour of 29 schools in the USA next week.

Tomorrow’s world record bid - Friday, April 13, 2012 - follows a National Literacy Trust report that one in six children struggle with their reading and writing.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director, said: “Having a local author on board with Meadowhall’s reading campaign and world record is a fantastic way to highlight the importance of child literacy. We hope the campaign will help to reignite a love of reading across the region.” Richard Pinfold, Meadowhall’s Marketing Director, said: “Child literacy is an important issue in society, and we are hoping the campaign will help to reignite a love of reading. Having Peter on board with this campaign is a great honour and we are hopeful to break the World Record with the support of families from across the region.”

* In order to break the record, over 4,000 children need to take part in a series of book readings during the course of the day.

Adults wanting their children to take part should register by visiting the Meadowhall website www.meadowhall.co.uk.

Meadowhall stores open from 10am-9pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday. The Oasis Retailers and Vue Cinema are open later each day. For more information and updates also follow Meadowhall Shopping Centre on Facebook and on Twitter @LoveMeadowhall