Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has encouraged all children to pick up a book this World Book Day, the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland.
World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
Every year, Book Aid International provides over half a million new books donated by UK publishers to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. Two thirds of these books are for children, many of whom do not own a single book and may never have seen a picture book before a delivery from Book Aid International to their library or school.
UK schools have a natural link with Book Aid International’s work and give their support by fundraising each year on World Book Day. Last year, children and schools from around the world
raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help us get more books into libraries in Africa.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Good reading starts early and children who share books with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels.
“World Book Day is a fun way to get local children’s imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers.”