The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan is urging all parents to buy their children a book for Christmas.
Ms Morgan said she hoped every child would find a book in their stocking on Christmas Day, because reading would “help set a child up for the rest of their life”.
Figures published in May by the National Literacy Trust showed nearly one in eight children – and nearly one in five disadvantaged children – had never been given a book as a present.
“I hope children across the country have the joy of opening a book this Christmas,” Ms Morgan said.
“No other gift can transport you from ancient Egypt to the outer reaches of space, introduce you to kings, queens, wizards and elves, make you laugh, take you on an adventure or change the way you see the world, all through the power of words.
“The gift of a book this Christmas will not only provide hours of reading enjoyment, but will help set a child up for the rest of their life…”
Read more on this from the DfE at: Education Secretary hopes all children open a book this Christmas
Read or download the survey from the National Literacy Trust:
I find it very upsetting to think that 1 in 5 disadvantaged children has never been given a book as a present. My childhood would have been classed as disadvantaged but I was always given books and reading them made a huge impact on me.
For those who are giving books, any particular recommendations this Christmas?
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