South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is encouraging schools and parents to embrace World Day Book today, 7th March, and celebrate the joy that comes from reading.
Former bookseller Mr Dunne, who co-founded the book shop chain Ottakar’s, said books significantly develop children’s key reading skills as well as giving great pleasure and lifelong entertainment.
Schools arrange special events for the day, including encouraging pupils to dress up as their favourite literary character, and millions of book tokens are distributed to children across the UK to encourage them to pick up a book which interests them.
Mr Dunne said:
“As a former bookseller, it is perhaps not surprising that I am convinced books at home continue to play a vital role in supplementing education in the classroom, giving children not only key skills for life but also the joy that comes from a really good read. A passion for reading and books, developed at a young age, opens a world of opportunity for learning, pleasure, and personal development later in life.
So I encourage schools, parents and young people in South Shropshire to embrace World Book Day and get stuck into a good book!”