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World Book Night

World Book Night returns this week, a celebration of the benefits of reading for pleasure.

We know that reading is good for us, and thanks to a recent study by The Queen’s Reading Room, we now have scientific evidence of the positive impact of reading on the brain.

We also know that children in care are at risk of falling behind when it comes to literacy as a result of the social and emotional challenges they face. Charities including BookTrust are working to address this through programmes such as the Letterbox Club.

“Literacy is a fundamental life-skill,” says Baljit Kaur, Therapist and Social Worker at Fitzgerald Fostering, “and reading for pleasure offers many benefits for our wider wellbeing. Reading together is part of this, and reading with young children in foster care can be a real catalyst in helping to bond and to build a relationship.”
She adds: “Supporting children in foster care on their literacy journey – whatever their age – can make a real difference to both educational attainment and also to good mental health. We all lead busy lives but, as initiatives like World Book Night remind us, taking time out to read a book can be life-changing.”

World Book Night takes place each year on 23 April. Recognising that every child deserves books with characters who have experienced something similar to them, Book Trust has put together a list of books featuring main characters who have been fostered. Find out more

To find out more about fostering with Fitzgerald Fostering, please call us on 01753 550031

AuthorFitzgerald Fostering

DateApril 22, 2024

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