Branton Community Primary School and Breamish Valley Nursery have received £462-worth of free books that were given to them by Usborne Books at Home – a division of Usborne Publishing.
Katy Wedderburn, a local Independent Usborne Organiser, helped to achieve this, and supported the school in holding a Ready, Steady, Read event.
The children were sponsored to read for as many minutes as they could over the course of a week, and were supported wholeheartedly by their families.
The event was a success and showcased what can be achieved when the local community comes together.Evidence shows that reading for pleasure has a more powerful effect on life achievement than socio-economic background.
According to the National Literacy Trust, children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental wellbeing than children who don’t enjoy it.
School Headteacher, Zoe Ryan, said: “The children have all had a wonderful time fundraising and it is lovely to now have all the new books in school. The books range widely and will support reading and topic work throughout the school.”
Usborne Books at Home has set a target to give away half a million free books to school libraries in the academic year 2019-20.
Katy is keen to support other schools to transform their libraries too.For more information, visit www.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/thegreatestbookshop