Give the gift of literacy this Christmas and
help a child like Alice
For a child living in poverty, a book can be a place they can escape to, a place where they feel safe and a place they can learn valuable life lessons of courage and kindness.
This year, Christmas for 380,000 children who do not have a book to call their own at home won’t be filled with bed time stories about Rudolph and snowy adventures. For thousands of children, this Christmas may feel colder than usual and more lonely than usual. But with your help, a book and support can make its way to a child like Alice this Christmas.
Alice is 10 years old and dreams of being a doctor when she grows up.
Last Christmas we were told that Alice didn’t have any books of her own at home so with the help of UK Reads supporters, we were able to make sure that she received her very own book in time for Christmas.
We soon learned that this would be Alice’s only Christmas present – it was the BFG by Roald Dahl.
Life hasn’t been easy for Alice, asking for extra help at school took a lot of courage and some of the children’s unkind comments chipped away at her confidence. Alice had the reading age of a 7 year old and she found it quite hard to keep up in class. In addition, she relied on free school meals for her one hot meal of the day and more often than not, wore a stained school uniform.
Whilst Alice still faced challenges, her teacher told us that being able to take that book home, her one and only Christmas present, gave her a ‘much deserved confidence boost’.
380,000 children in the UK do not own a book of their own at home.
Please help us reach more children like Alice this Christmas.
Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, more so than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or income (FCCM 2019).
What’s more, research shows that parents reading with their child for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a significant difference to the child’s achievement levels. This is why we need your help this Christmas.
Since Alice was supported to read stories at home, she has expanded her vocabulary, developed her literacy confidence and she can believe in her dream to become a doctor.
Please give a child like Alice the gift of literacy this Christmas.
A book is more than words on pages, it is the foundation of their development and wellbeing in vital and wonderous ways.