Debbie says ‘share a story’ on World Book Day

Debbie Abrahams asks families to read together for ten minutes a day

Debbie Abrahams MP supports World Book DayAs libraries across the UK close, we must encourage each other to read with our young ones daily

I’m supporting World Book Day’s (7/3/19) national ‘Share a Story’ campaign – encouraging parents and carers to read with their children for ten minutes a day – as new data shows 521 libraries have closed across England since 2011.

World Book Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and over 100 different countries will take part celebrating authors, illustrators, and their stories.

Books open up whole new worlds for children and adults alike. I hope parents, grandparents and carers across Oldham and Saddleworth will take time to read for ten minutes with their children on World Book Day, and then make it a habit every day after.

Sharing stories together, at home or school, in the library or in the park, on a bus or train, anywhere, anytime, for just ten minutes a day has long-lasting effects on a child’s future.

Every year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland, to promote the magic of books, the power of imagination and the importance of reading. This year the campaign is urging parents and carers to take ten minutes to ‘share a story’ with their children, to revive reading as a national pastime.

It’s incredibly disappointing that millions fewer books are being issued from our public libraries. Council budgets have been cut to the bone by Tory austerity and our library services are paying the price.

Libraries should be at the heart of our local communities. However, almost a decade of Tory austerity has taken its toll on our public library services, causing branch closures, staff cuts, and fewer opening hours.

Cuts to library services damage the learning opportunities of children and young people, and impact on older people who enjoy reading too, but who may not be able to afford to buy new books themselves.

The Government should urgently rethink and end these senseless cuts.

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