Can you find the books hidden around Dorset this weekend?

Can you find the books hidden around Dorset this weekend?

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 24th August 2019.

The eagle eyed among us might have spotted books appearing in peculiar places around the county this week.

It's all part of a Facebook group that's gained a massive following over the past week, boasting a growth of 14,000 new members over the last seven days.

Now, Dorset Hidden Books is getting people of all ages out looking for books - and some of the hiding spots are pretty clever.

Some books have been hidden very carefully, like this one hidden by Lisa Pitman.
Some books have been hidden very carefully, like this one hidden by Lisa Pitman

Emma Berry is a teacher in Dorset. She set up the group on Facebook to get children more excited about reading. 

"It is a bit of an issue nationwide that children are reading perhaps less than in previous year, mostly because of screen time.

"Parents are working more and more, money is tight and the time for reading at home seems to be being pinched.

"The children are outdoors with their families... it's free... it's the excitement of the treasure hunt so it's appealing on a number of levels."

She says the summer's the ideal time for book hiding. It gets families out looking for books, and encourages children to get excited about books. 

Emma hopes they can keep the momentum up:

"I would like to see this something that Dorset does every summer". 

Once the summer season is over, she says she'll ask people to stop hiding books so they can be brought back in.