The partnership between Newcastle Libraries and the Lit & Phil continues with the seventh year of Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival. Both venues will stage a remarkably varied programme of events.

One such exciting event brings together education and learning with a reading of The Boy With His Head Stuck In A Book,which uses augmented reality to make the book come alive through Zappar’s AR technology and was created for reluctant readers; in particular boys.

Packed with educational features and curriculum links – this digital pop-up book makes learning fun outside of school.

With kids increasingly turning away from books and toward their tablets and smartphones, Zappar has provided a solution – marrying the two with its latest launch: The Boy With His Head Stuck In A Book. An augmented reality book for children aged 7-11, written by a primary English teacher who noticed that disengaged students were more inclined to pick up a book with a technological element, bridging literature and digital media.

The relatable protagonist is a school boy that hates reading – he gets his head literally stuck in a book when he is dragged to a library and flung into a fantastical world full of characters from classic novels to contemporary fiction. Referencing a multitude of various renowned books (listed below) provides a quick and easy way of inspiring students to explore these texts in more detail, with minimal nagging from parents and teachers.

Available from Amazon, the book is brought to life with augmented reality technology and the free to download Zappar app – discover more about Zappar and their technology here http://www.zappar.com/

Referenced texts:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Red Riding Hood – Brothers Grimm
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  • Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
  • Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • King Kong – Merian C. Cooper/Delos W. Lovelace
  • The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  • The Sword in the Stone – T.H. White

Join the authors of The Boy With His Head Stuck In A Book and Earthcry: The Carfax Chronicles on Saturday 25th November from 11am at the City Library. The event it completely free to attend, all you need to do is visit eventbrite to register.