Today is World Book Day, and we’ve just released new research that shows the need to celebrate books and reading is greater than ever. The research shows that the number of eight to 18-year-olds reading for pleasure has now dropped to 52.5%, from 58.8% in 2016, and only a quarter (25.7%) now read daily, compared with 43% in 2015.
There have also been brilliant Share A Story Live events going on in areas where we work or run National Literacy Trust Hubs – Swindon, Bradford, Manchester and Dundee. A host of top authors have been entertaining children, including Tom Fletcher, Cressida Cowell, Alex T. Smith, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Holly Smale and loads more.
Giving away tens of thousands of books
Thanks to the reach of some of our corporate partners, we’ve been able to give away tens of thousands of books to children this World Book Day. A partnership with Morrisons has seen every store in the country give a bundle of books to a local primary school – 7,300 in total. 10,000 books have also been handed out by 45 football clubs at matches thanks to our work with the Premier League and WHSmith.
Our partners at Arriva Trains are also giving out free railway-themed books all day to commuters to encourage the sharing of stories, and Uber have put children’s books in select cars in London and Manchester for parents to take home and read with their children.
Special thanks go to all the brilliant publishers we work with for supplying all these brilliant books: Penguin Random House, Walker Books, Bonnier Books, Hachette and PanMacmillan.
Sharing free classroom resources
To help you celebrate World Book Day and support your school in making ‘every day a book day’, we have made some of our premium resources, themed around parental engagement, free to download for a limited time – grab them while you can!
- Explore creative ideas for engaging parents through books
- Celebrate the joy and power of book ownership with our ready-to-go parent assembly
- Use creative ideas to engage parents through storytelling
- Be part of the national campaign to Read On. Get On with our host of posters and resources to get pupils reading at home
- Use our family reading survey to encourage collaboration and whole school development of reading with parents at the heart.
- Make a book together with our guide to sharing and celebrating family stories.