Henleaze, Central & Junction 3 libraries support campaign to get children reading

Last week Henleaze, Central and Junction 3 libraries announced their support of Good Morning Britain’s ‘Just Read’ campaign, to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day. The campaign saw the library giving away 50 copies of bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to local children on Saturday 13th September.

Henleaze, Central and Junction 3 libraries are three of 200 libraries across the UK taking part in the ‘Just Read’ giveaway which is supported by national charity The Reading Agency and children’s publisher Puffin. The campaign comes as a coalition of leading charities, teachers, parents and businesses have come together to form a coalition called ‘Read On. Get On.’

The coalition has launched a national mission to support parents and teachers to get all 11-year-olds reading well by 2025.

Read On. Get On. has published a report that reveals hundreds of thousands of kids are leaving school without adequate reading skills and that one in seven children aged 8 – 11 years do not own a book of their own at home.

The giveaway highlighted how vital libraries are for the nation’s literacy and that books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid can really help children on their reading journey.

Millions of children are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney’s work is perfect for turning reluctant readers on to books. With 50% words and 50% cartoons, the books are 100% hilarious and children agree – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck was voted by children as ‘Favourite Book’ in the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

Later on in this week, Good Morning Britain will aim to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of parents reading with their children in the same place, at the same time. ‘Just Read’ looks to highlight how parents and carers can promote the simple but invaluable activity of reading to youngsters. This exciting campaign follows a wonderful summer of reading at Bristol libraries as thousands of children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

This unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, saw MPs, libraries, schools and a host of well-known children’s authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, encourage children aged 4-11 to join the library and read for pleasure during the summer holidays.

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