Helping Children Enjoy Reading

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Is it a book, is it a museum no it’s The National Centre for Children’s Books? (with thanks to Chubby Checker and Hank Ballard 1960 for the twist.)

This charity is celebrating Britain’s heritage of children’s literature in a visitor attraction located, you guessed it, in a seven story building in Newcastle. Sustainability is built around income from the visitor attraction, learning programmes and a wholly owned trading company. A sister charity is building a collection of contemporary British children’s books and related original artwork, manuscripts and archives. This a should not remain a secret seven.

‘Volunteer Reading Help’  296454 Operating as Beanstalk they recruit, train and support volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. The Duchess of Cornwall has been the Patron of Beanstalk since their 40th anniversary

‘Literacy-focused charities and organisations are celebrating Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s upcoming 70th birthday by giving 70 primary schools across the UK a set of 70 children’s books and specially designed bookshelves. The duchess is patron of  the  organisations involved – the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl Literary Estate and the Wicked Young Writer Awards. The 70 schools selected to receive the books have all shown they are committed to promoting reading for enjoyment, and many are in disadvantaged areas of the UK.’

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book-gifting programme launched in 1995 by the country singer. The Imagination Library sends a book in the post every month to each enrolled child. The scheme begins at birth and ends on a child’s fifth birthday. Various Council districts have launched this programme to improve literacy and reduce exclusion. Funded largely by The Dollywood Foundation and participating local authorities.



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