📖 “A love of reading… is one of the most effective ways to help break the poverty cycle. ” 📖 The Scottish Book Trust believes that books, reading, and writing have the power to change lives!

Almost one in five children (19.2%) between the ages of five and eight do not have access to books at home, new research has revealed. According to a report by the National Literacy Trust, the percentage of children in this age group who do not have a book of their own at home has risen yet again this year. The rising cost of living is cited as a key reason for this increase, with 87% of parents saying they now have less disposable income and 64% saying that the amount of money they have to spend on books for their child has decreased. It’s no surprise that just over half (51%) say that books are simply too expensive.

A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and well-being and is one of the most effective ways to help break the poverty cycle. Two years ago we started including books in our packs, allowing our young people the same opportunities as their peers: to enjoy reading their own books at home – something most of us take for granted.

“A P2 girl who was feeling nervous about going back to school was delighted with her new school clothes, bag, and beautiful book. This got her excited about going back to school. Mum was relieved knowing she had what was needed, and both felt more prepared for the start of school term.” Class Teacher

“It enabled a family who are in financial crisis to feel organised and grateful for the quality of packs received. The family were so overwhelmed, and children were pleased with all clothing and the extras (books and toiletries). Amazing service.” Charity Worker

For the second year running, the Scottish Book Trust donated over 100 brand new books suitable for children P1-P3 and Books For Kids donated over 600 as good as new books suitable young people from P4 right up to P7. Thank you! This means we are able to put a book into more of our packs going out in the months ahead.

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