This school holidays has been exciting, busy and full of learning. The main aim of this holiday was to help the children discover reading and inspire them to read books on their own. None of the 120 children had ever read a whole book before and culturally, reading is never done for enjoyment, but this holidays most age groups have read two books.
All this was made possible through two fantastic volunteers, Al & Victoria, who have been with us for the past three weeks running our holiday programme. They asked Ed Wood from ‘We Love This Book’ to contact a number of publishers on our behalf. A total of over 200 children’s books were then donated by Usborne, Random House, Puffin and Egmont. We are so grateful for the very kind support of all involved and the impact on the children has been immeasurable.
We have had times of reading chapter books to the children and other times where they could just pick a book and read it to themselves or even just look at the pictures. They have absolutely loved it and are so keen to read more. The factual books (with lots of pictures) and older books (Robin Hood, etc) as well as the “Very First Readers” have been the most popular and we are hoping to build up a small library so that books are always available to the children.