Novel idea for pub

Bookish Breakfast for World Book Day.

Kings Heath pub The Crown is gearing up to welcome Harry Potter, the Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo through its doors in celebration of World Book Day.

In the run up to World Book Day, the pub, on Alcester Rd South, will be encouraging locals to donate their unwanted books to a community book sale, which will commence on Saturday 4th March with a bookish breakfast. All proceeds to be donated the NSPCC children’s charity to support the great work the charity does with children across the UK.

Started in 1997, World Book Day aims to bring together children of all ages to explore the pleasures of reading and provide opportunities for them to have a book of their own. From Fantastic Mr Fox to Tracey Beaker, World Book Day encourages children to dress up as their favourite characters and discover new books.

Speaking about The Crown World Book Day celebrations, general manager Linda Fennell, said: “The team are very excited about the World Book Day breakfast and are getting their costumes ready to join in the fun! We’re delighted to be supporting the NSPCC and all the fantastic work they do with our event, as well as encouraging children to discover the joys of reading.

“We feel that in this increasingly digital world, the simple pleasures of reading sometimes get forgotten and we hope our event will help local children try out new books, discover new favourite characters and fall in love with reading. We also hope to get parents dressing up and sharing memories from their childhood books to create an event that is fun for everyone.”

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