Our new research review shows that personalised print books could boost children’s early literacy skills

21 Nov 2017
Librio personalised books 1

We have published a new research review today which shows that reading personalised print books with young children could help them develop their early literacy, language and communication skills.

The publication of our review, Personalised print books and family literacy, also marks our new and exciting partnership with personalised children’s books publisher, Librio

Librio has recently launched its collection of personalised children’s books in the UK and will donate £1 from every book it sells in the UK to the National Literacy Trust.

Our research review includes studies which have found that giving children the opportunity to see themselves in a published book can boost their confidence, aspiration and educational outcomes.

It also includes research which shows that reading a personalised book with a parent:

  • Motivates children to read more, which in turn improves their reading skills and increases their engagement in learning
  • Encourages children to speak more, and for longer, boosting their vocabulary, improving listening and comprehension skills, and expanding their knowledge of the world
  • Enables children to see themselves as readers from an early age which, if maintained, can put them three years ahead of their peers in reading age by the age of 14

Our Director, Jonathan Douglas, said:

“Children’s literature is something we do incredibly well as a nation, but there is still a long way to go before books fully represent our society’s rich variety of ethnicities and cultures. Personalised books can play an important role in bridging this gap by helping children from all walks of life see themselves in a published book. We are thrilled to be working with Librio to inspire children throughout the UK to fall in love with reading by giving them the opportunity to be the star of their very own story.”

Ed Russell, Founder of Librio, said:

“As parents and ‘auncles’ ourselves, we always wanted Librio to give back to the society that our children will inherit. Once we realised that the very product we were creating is itself a powerful tool for combatting such a fundamental societal issue, it was a natural choice for us to partner with the National Literacy Trust. Reading with your children is one of the great joys of being a parent and we believe our books enhance that intimacy and enjoyment – for parents as well children.”