All these people have made a very simple promise: during 2012 they will share 20 books with others.
It’s simple isn’t it?
And why have they made this promise?
Because they know the importance, value and joy of books.
Because they know what a difference a love of reading can make.
Because they know books can bring people together.
Because they want to pass on their passion for books to the children in their lives.
Because they want to support Bookstart.
Bookstart is a UK-based, world-renowned reading programme which gifts free books to babies, toddlers and 3-year-olds. This year Bookstart is 20 years old and one of the ways it is celebrating this milestone is by encouraging you, me and anyone who loves books to take their pledge – to pledge to share 20 books with others this year.
In a year when Bookstart, and two other UK bookgifting schemes Booktime and Booked Up, have had to weather a 50% cut in government funding and face a further 20% cut in funding this year, I’m standing up for books, and especially for sharing books with children. I’ve taken the pledge – will you?