Unlikely duo Peter Andre and Boris promote literacy

Tuesday June 14, 2011

Peter Andre and Boris Johnson formed an unlikely double act as they got together to promote a reading and literacy project for young children.

The Mayor of London and the Mysterious Girl singer took turns to read passages from Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo to a group of schoolchildren at the launch of the scheme, run by the National Literacy Trust.

The project is aimed at helping to improve the literacy of London children aged three to five, preparing them for school.

Peter, who has two children with ex-wife Katie Price - Junior, five, and Princess Tiaamii, three - and remains close to Katie's nine-year-old son Harvey, said he enjoys reading bedtime stories and remembered his mother reading to him when he was young.

He said: "Reading doesn't need to be a chore, and the earlier we get our kids to embrace it, the better.

"Reading to your children is very important. One-on-one with your children, it's all about bonding, and these are the things you remember.

"Even if you create your own imagination and start reading the book and go off on a tangent, which I do all the time, it is so important, they won't forget. It stays with them.

Speaking about his children, he added: "I do read to them. Occasionally I let them watch their In The Night Garden and things like that but I think it's more important that you read, create your own stories, use your imagination.

"Put the characters' voices on, which I do all the time, and then they start telling you the story.

"It reverses, you let them read you stories at night, it's brilliant."

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