The events involved children hearing stories from professional storyteller, Amanda Edmiston, and were part of the Young Readers programme, an award-winning initiative sponsored by Fort Kinnaird co-owner British Land, and in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, designed to encourage children to read outside of class.
During the literature-focused events, pupils from Castleview Primary School, Niddrie Mill Primary School and Brunstane Primary School also learned to choose which books they will enjoy and were able to take home a book of their choice.
British Land and the National Literacy Trust are celebrating 11 years of partnership this year and since the scheme launched in Fort Kinnaird it has supported nearly 2,300 school children and seen more than 6,800 books donated across Edinburgh.
Research by the National Literacy Trust has shown that owning a book means children are more likely to say they enjoy reading and are more likely to read in their free time – yet six per cent of children across the country don’t have their own book to read. read at home.
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Liam Smith, director of the Fort Kinnaird center, said, “Supporting local children and their families is so important to us and the Young Readers program is an integral part of that. We look forward to this brilliant initiative every year and have loved seeing children from all over our community enjoying their storytelling sessions.
Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Reading for pleasure has been proven to support mental wellbeing, literacy skills and future success. Encouraging children to love reading from an early age can have a measurable impact on the rest of their lives.
“But the sad reality is that 6% of children across the country don’t have their own book to read at home, and many don’t find reading enjoyable.
“Thanks to the Young Readers program and support from British Land, we are able to help more children have fun while reading outside the classroom, giving them access to inspiring books and many benefits they might otherwise miss. ”