Buy your children a book for Christmas, Nicky Morgan tells parents

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…”

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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:

Children_and_Young_People_s_Reading_in_2014

 

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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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01’s patronising gland working overtime; agree but by saying so she’s made it less likely to happen I’d suggest

  2. There was a time when the Government awarded Booktrust £13m to give books to babies and young children.  But Gove slashed that in 2010.  He wanted to cut it the funding entirely but after a furore he let them have a reduced sum.  It was £6m in 2014/15.
    At the same time libraries are being closed across the country because of spending cuts.

  3. lemon_merrangue

    SchoolsImprove I love reading – would be great if my children did the same, for one of them that would be the worst gift ever!

  4. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Is the the most patronising Secretary of State ever? And there’s me still working on my resilience and character stuff

  5. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Is this the most patronising Secretary of State ever? And there’s me still working on my resilience and character stuff too.

  6. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove And maybe mean one each for the whole class! Go on, Nicky, how much do you paid for this piece of tripe!

  7. MyAuntyDoodoo

    SchoolsImprove Why doesn’t this woman just shut her stupid mouth once in a while? Do your job, leave parents to do theirs.

  8. Dianne_Khan

    SchoolsImprove Yes, one book should do it. Even if no-one in the family models reeding habits or reads with you. Pfffft.

  9. Dianne_Khan

    SchoolsImprove Yes, one book should do it. Even if no-one in the family models reading habits or reads with you. Pfffft.

  10. thiskidsthinkin

    A library membership would be better,with access to thousands of books,on every subject,and loads of fiction!Assuming you have a library…

  11. ForwardPartners

    SchoolsImprove As well as parents buying books for their children we need public libraries protected from government cuts

  12. hayleybrown750

    SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Patronising, we need to stop putting so much pressure on our children, maybe then they’d have time to read!

  13. ladystarkkk

    SchoolsImprove says the lady who wants to cut creative writing a level. No creative writing, no books produced by the next generation…

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