Reading books is the key to a child’s future

00h00 March 18, 2022

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, supported the 25th anniversary of World Book Day in early March.

Every year World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland to promote the power of the imagination and the importance of reading.

On World Book Day, every child in North Devon received a £1 book token, which they can take to a bookstore or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book.

World Book Day has been changing children’s lives by encouraging a love of books and reading for 25 years. Reading for pleasure has a huge impact on a child’s future, whether it’s academic achievement, well-being or mental health.

World Book Day wants to see more children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get in the habit of reading for pleasure throughout their lives, which will improve their chances in life.

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

“Reading for pleasure is vital to children’s development, it is one of the greatest predictors of a child’s future success. As a Parliamentary ‘Hedgerow Hero’, I recorded a reading of ‘The Happy Hedgerow’ book which is on my website and Facebook page. The book highlights the importance of hedgerows for children in rural landscapes in protecting these ancient and wonderful habitats.

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

Children and families can redeem their £1 World Book Day token for one of the many World Book Day books by authors such as 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 bookstore or supermarket until March 27.

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