Top authors call for school libraries to be protected

The BBC is reporting that the children’s laureate and eight well-known children’s authors are calling on the education secretary to ensure school libraries are preserved.

Goth Girl author Chris Riddell says in a letter to Justine Greening that many lack investment and need funding via a central government grant.

Supported by eight former children’s laureates, Riddell is asking Ms Greening to set out required standards.

The government said it was up to schools to spend as they saw fit.

In his letter, Riddell, supported by authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Quentin Blake, said: “I have seen personally, in my school visits up and down the country, how they promote reading for pleasure and in doing so, turn pupils into avid readers.

“I am deeply concerned that this role is not fully appreciated and, worse, is being undermined through lack of economic and intellectual investment.

“In recent months two major school library services closed in Dorset and Berkshire, and year after year the School Library Association loses members as school library provision shrinks through lack of funding.”

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