Peter Crouch celebrated World Book Day with over 100 Haringey schoolchildren at White Hart Lane on Thursday (March 4) at a special event hosted by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Fresh from becoming the nation's hero with two goals for his country against Egypt at Wembley, the big man turned his attentions straight away to the world's biggest annual celebration of books and reading.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation invited author Dan Freedman to N17 to give a talk to Year 4 and 5 pupils from St Pauls & All Hallows and St Francis De Sales primary schools on his Jamie Johnson series of children's books.
Many of the schools are already fans of Dan's books as they are read in one of the Foundation's intervention programmes - To Care is To Do - which runs in 20 primary schools in Haringey promoting educational engagement with Year 4 & 5 students.
The Foundation in committed to finding innovative ways of promoting reading for pleasure and in addition to To Care is To Do, runs reading clubs in local schools, trains the club's academy players to deliver storytelling sessions in local libraries, and has even published its own book of fans' stories: Tottenham Til I Die.
The Jamie Johnson series follows the blossoming career of a young footballer trying to fulfil his dream of playing for his hometown club, and titles including ‘Born to Play', ‘The Kick Off' and ‘Golden Goal'.
Halfway through Freedman's talk, 'Crouchy' made a surprise appearance to join him for a question and answer session with the delighted guests, in which the former Liverpool frontman listed his favourite children's author as Roald Dahl and his favourite current read as Martina Cole's ‘The Runaway'.
And the afternoon ended with a short role-play from one of Freedman's books, involving two lucky children and 'Crouchy' himself.
The 29-year-old World Cup hopeful said: "It's great that the Foundation are able to promote a love of reading among young people by staging an event like this.
"I was happy to do my bit for World Book Day as I'm certainly someone who enjoys a read when I'm relaxing at home, in a hotel before a big game, and on a coach or plane on the way to a match.
"It's important that the same message is promoted to kids at a young age and that was what today was all about."
Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: "A love of reading is one of the most powerful tools we can equip young people with. At Tottenham Hotspur Foundation we find creative and innovative ways to promote reading through the transforming power of sport, whether that is running reading programmes in schools or hosting author visits. We were delighted to support World Book Day and the celebration event at White Hart Lane for our local community."