Puffin, part of the UK’s number one publisher, Penguin Random House, is partnering with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new programme that aims to inspire 13,000 primary school children across the UK to read for pleasure.
The pilot programme, Puffin World of Stories, will equip 50 primary schools with the books, materials, training and resources they need to champion reading for pleasure across the whole school and reinvigorate their school libraries or reading spaces to become vibrant hubs for creativity for pupils.
Reading for enjoyment is vital to academic success. Research by the National Literacy Trust shows that 10-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not enjoy reading and, by the age of 14, this gap increases to 3.3 years. School libraries and reading spaces play a vital role in helping pupils develop an enjoyment of reading but a recent survey found that 53% of teachers say they don’t have a library in their school.