School-Home Support celebrates the joys of reading on World Book Day

School-Home Support celebrates the joys of reading on World Book Day

News article from March 4, 2021

This World Book Day (Thursday 4th March) School-Home Support is delivering thousands of books to schools across the country. 

Jaine Stannard, Chief Executive, said: “Reading is fundamental to a child’s development and wellbeing. A good book can be a good escape from the world, it can help to relax a child, help them to improve their language and literacy – the list goes on and on about the benefits of reading. This is why this year, as with years previous, we deliver books to schools so children can benefit from reading a good book.”

About World Book Day

World Book Day was set up to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.  Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. 

Corporate support for World Book Day

Thanks to the generosity and support of some of our fantastic corporate partners and their employees, including Clifford Chance, the London Stock Exchange Group and Liberum, over 1,500 new and used books will be delivered to 15 schools in our network for their pupils and libraries.

The impact these books have on the children we support

We spoke to some of the schools and children we delivered books to last year, and this is what they had to say…

One 11-year old said: “I like David Walliams and his books. They are funny and have an unexpected twist to them. The Tom Fletcher book looks interesting and I want to read it. Thank you.”

One of our Practitioners, based in a school in Lewisham, said: “The children and the teachers were so excited about receiving new books for the library – when six boxes arrived they could barely believe their eyes! It is great for our families to see how we value reading and that others think it is important too. The parents were able to see the books at the World Reading Day breakfast and start reading them with their children. The new books are now available for the children to take home and enjoy which is fabulous.”

Readathon fundraiser for School-Home Support

Some of our incredible supporters are using World Book Day to raise money and awareness for the work we do at School-Home Support. Jesika Pook and Alex Pearl are doing a Readathon between 5th and 7th March, where they will read over 1,000 pages or three books (whichever comes first). 

If you’d like to help us support vulnerable families through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond then you can donate towards Jesika and Alex’s fundraisers. 

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