The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP and Mr Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire (who is widely tipped to be the next leader of the Conservative party) have joined together to encourage parents and carers to read with their children for ten minutes a day.
The picture shows Nigel and Andrew together at a House of Commons launch event where Andrew is holding the book ‘10 little bookworms’. A story of bookworms as they set out on an adventure to find out why making friends through the medium of books is the best thing you can do!
Every year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK, to promote the magic of books, the power of imagination and the importance of reading. This year the campaign is urging parents and carers to take ten minutes to ‘share a story’ with their children, to revive reading as a national pastime.
Every child in Sutton Coldfield will therefore be given a £1 book token for World Book Day, which took place on the 7th March 2019, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book (or £1 off any full price book that takes their fancy).
Andrew Mitchell said:
“Reading to your child on a daily basis throughout childhood is one of the most important factors to raising a reader for life. Creating a family reading habit enriches parent-child bonds.
“I hope parents, grandparents and carers across the Royal Town will take time to read for ten minutes with their children on World Book Day, and every day after. Sharing stories together, at home or school, in the library or in the park, on a bus or train – anywhere, anytime – for just ten minutes a day has long-lasting effects on a child’s future.
“Reading for pleasure also leads to a range of social, personal and intellectual benefits. These include enjoyment, social interaction, knowledge, creativity, empathy, self-expression and greater understanding.”
Nigel Huddleston said:
“Creating a love of reading for pleasure in children is critical: enjoyment, creativity, imagination, greater self-esteem, empathy, relaxation, escapism and improved communication skills are some of the well-known benefits of reading. And for adults it can lead to a reduction of dementia and depression symptoms.”
Zoe Toft, Chair of Sutton Coldfield’s ‘Friends of Libraries’ group FOLIO also said:#
“Parents reading to children models and encourages independent reading for pleasure. Reading together - whether at bedtime or whenever works for the family - provides special moments for both parents and children. For children, being read to is fun, deeply reassuring and calming. For parents, reading to a child is a bonding and affirming experience.”
Note: Ten Little Bookworms is written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty.