We love books, after all a lot of reading takes place in the children’s beds we sell, beds are not just a place of hibernation but a place to consume literature and cradle a child’s creativity. Which makes the following stats all the more worrying.
Did you know England is the only developed country producing school leavers who are worse at reading than their Grandparents? According to a recent study by the organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development adults aged 55 to 65 perform better than 16-24 year olds.
A survey by the National Literacy Trust recently revealed that fewer children read in their own time, one in five are embarrassed when caught reading a book and one in three said they only read when they had to.
These are stats got us thinking, what can we do to help? Buying every child in the UK a personal library was soon ruled out due to a billion pound shortfall. We then deliberated the more practical idea of an experimental parent bookshare scheme, funded and managed by Room To Grow.
We contacted various parental bloggers and asked them if they would like to be involved in the scheme which would run over 4 months. The response from the families we contacted was very encouraging, within 4 days we had filled the required quota to make the scheme a reality.
“If Room To Grow can help even a single child understand or maintain the joy of reading and create an unending affection of books, then that can only be a good thing.” – Anne Davies, Room To Grow Director
The book share scheme will run from November to February during which over 300 children’s books will be sent out to children from the ages of 1 to 14. We look forward to seeing how the scheme influences all of those families involved, from strengthening book ties to creating new found affections.
We will keep you all updated, until then, happy reading.