Reading books key to child's future

North Devon Gazette

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, has been supporting World Book Day’s 25th anniversary in early March. Â

Each year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland, to promote the power of imagination and the importance of reading. Â
Through World Book Day, every child in North Devon was given a £1 book token, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book. Â

World Book Day has been changing children’s lives by encouraging a love of books and reading for 25 years. Reading for pleasure makes an enormous impact on a child’s future – whether that’s their educational success, well-being or mental health. Â

World Book Day wants to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the life-long habit of reading for pleasure that will improve their life chances.Â

Selaine Saxby MP said: “It was a pleasure to support World Book Day in its 25th year. It is so important that every child and young adult in North Devon has the opportunity to have a book of their own that they have chosen for themselves – and I am delighted to celebrate my own love of reading through the World Book Day campaign. Â

“Reading for pleasure is vital for children’s development, it is one of the single biggest indicators of a child’s future success. As a parliamentary “Hedgerow Hero”, I have recorded a reading of the book “The Happy Hedgerow” which can be found on my website and Facebook page. The book highlights the importance of hedgerows to children to rural landscapes in protecting these wonderful, ancient habitats.”Â

World Book Day reaches 15 million children and young people with £1 book tokens distributed to over 45,000 educational establishments in the UK and Ireland.Â

Children and families can swap their £1 World Book Day Token for one of a wide range of World Book Day books by authors including Michael Morpurgo, Nadia Shireen, Matt Lucas, Sharna Jackson, Simon Farnaby and Sophie McKenzie, or get £1 off a book or audiobook costing £2.99 or more, at their local bookshop or supermarket until 27 March. Â