Sunday, 19 February 2012

Booktrust celebrating 20 years

The world-renowned early intervention reading programme which gifts free books to babies, toddlers and 3 year olds

In 2012 Booktrust will be celebrating 20 years of Bookstart – the world-renowned early intervention reading programme which gifts free books to babies, toddlers and 3 year olds. They'll be celebrating everything that the programme has achieved, including the 30 million free books that we have been able to gift since it began in 1992.

Reading aloud to babies and toddlers from their first days helps them to do better in all subjects when they go on to school. It is also known that for many families the books which we give them through Bookstart are often the first that their children will own.

Bookstart exists to give every child a flying start in life, and that’s why they are asking for your support to help secure it for future generations. They’d like parents and others to be involved in the Bookstart 20th year celebrations by making a simple pledge: to share 20 books in 2012.

You might do this by sharing picture books with your own children or other members of your family at bedtime; you might share books by reading to children in a school or a library, or in the crèche at the House of Commons. It’s entirely up to you. Your pledge will make a big contribution to keeping the vital work of Bookstart going and helping to raise awareness of the immense value and enjoyment of reading and sharing books.

Booktrust will launch the year-long campaign in February with some well-known faces from the world of literature and beyond, who have also made the pledge. Then we will be asking thousands of people up and down the country to add their name to a pledge postcard, or visit our online pledge page, to show their support for Bookstart.

To show your support for Bookstart visit www.bookstart.org.uk/bookstart20 and make your pledge.