Schools across the UK are struggling to invest time and money in reading for pleasure, which as a publisher we know is crucial to a child’s future success in life.
According to research from the National Literacy Trust, 10-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not enjoy reading, rising to 3.3 years by the age of 14, while children who enjoy reading are more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than their peers.
To address this issue, we’ve been working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust since September 2018 to pilot Puffin World of Stories in 50 disadvantaged primary schools. Participating schools are located in clusters local to our offices in South London, our warehouse in Essex, and Middlesbrough and Tyne and Wear – some of the most literacy-vulnerable parts of the country.
To create hubs of creativity and imagination, each participating school received boxes of brand new books to reinvigorate their reading corner or library, and teachers and librarians attended specialist training, filled with ideas to make reading for pleasure part of their school culture and bring stories to life.