09 September 2015

Northamptonshire libraries is supporting a national campaign to raise reading standards in pre-school children.

Last year a quarter of all children in the UK left primary education without being able to read well, according to the charity Save The Children.

Its aim is to get every child reading well by the age of 11 in 2025 and Northamptonshire County Council’s library service is supporting the Read On Get On campaign by encouraging parents to read with their children for at least 10 minutes every day.

Gift pack

The Bookstart scheme will also be relaunched in Northamptonshire, which sees babies and pre-school children receive a gift pack of books to encourage them to read from a young age.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “It’s sad to think that there are children today who are leaving primary school without being able to read well, which is why we are supporting the Read On Get On campaign.

“Reading with your child each day is a great thing to do – it’s not only fun but it can also make a real difference to developing their communication, language and literacy skills.

“I’m delighted that Northamptonshire libraries are supporting this fantastic campaign and I encourage families to visit their local library to find out more about it.”

Join an event

Northamptonshire libraries is holding the following events to promote the reading campaign:

  • A storytime session at Raunds library with Mayor Helen Howell on Thursday 17th September at 3.45pm
  • A visit from Peppa Pig at Weston Favell library on Tuesday 22nd September between 11am and 1pm
  • Peppa Pig will also be visiting the Swansgate shopping centre in Wellingborough on Wednesday 23rd September from 11am

To find out more about the Bookstart scheme, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/bookstart.