We work to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy
At UK Reads we believe every child, no matter their circumstances should have access to books and to the literacy support they need so that they can experience the joy of reading and have endless opportunities in their life.
The UK illiteracy statistics are startling.
413,000* children do not own a single book and 1 in 5 children struggle to read and write.
These numbers are continuously growing and children from low income families are the most at risk of illiteracy. We are here to support them.
Despite this digital world we believe it is an essential life skill for a child to become confident in literacy. At UK Reads we want children to know the pure joy of escaping into stories, learning new words, the pride of completing a book, all the while setting strong foundations for their futures.
*National Literacy Trust Statistic
“Reading offers an escape for children which will benefit their mental health.”
“The books will help significantly with providing our most valuable pupils with additional reading materials to support their learning and foster love for reading.”
“For a child to be given a book that belongs to them will impact on their self esteem and self worth. It will also encourage children to read within the home, helping bring families together to have a story time, and allow children to practice their own reading skills.”
“I want children to grow up loving books- choosing to read. Snuggling up under a duvet to enjoy a good book.”
“If you don’t have much money for luxuries or travel, you can pick up a book and be transported.”
“By UK Reads providing books that pupils can take home as their own, it will hopefully give them an experience of ownership, not just of books themselves but of the whole reading process.”
“Together we are sending the message that books and reading are for everyone and that nobody should be without them.”
“What lucky boys – they were ‘buzzing’ after the sessions with you. I was so pleased by the parental engagement too- a really fantastic experience for those families!”
“UK Reads have really listened to what was needed by the community in Somerset and have designed interventions that will both interest and inspire the current generation of young people.”
“He was very animated and excited about the project- Mum said he would be counting down the hours until it was Story Box time!”
“It has given the family a project to enjoy and discuss together, it has encouraged parents to think about ways in which they can explore a story creatively.”
“He has faced a lot of challenges and refused to read but now he will sit down and read with me.”
“Great project, has focused us back into reading together.”
“It was exciting, and it was fun, you didn’t know what to expect. Charlie enjoyed it every week.”
“It was really cool that Tom was an author and illustrator with dyslexia- it was really inspiring!”
“It was fun and it was special for me and my family.”
“It’s built up my confidence. I felt like I could express myself.”
“It helped us understand that reading is good for you.”
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