In 2013, working with Magic Breakfast and other sponsors we set up a pilot scheme—books for breakfast for primary school children, hungry in all sorts of ways. We gave 100 new books, notebooks and pencils to a school located in an area where 73% of children were from income deprived households. Now the children are enjoying the new books and it is helping them engage more with reading and literacy in a more fun environment.
After the success of the pilot, we now have over 25 Breakfast Book Clubs up and running with more in the pipeline. There is a continuing need, as there are growing numbers of pupils in areas where books and reading are not part of their everyday home life and the clubs fill a gap to encourage more reading for pleasure. We now work with other partners who sponsor this continually popular scheme. One recent sponsor is Madderson London.
‘Reaction from the children has been very positive, they were very excited to get the new books, pencils and notebooks. The system we use is like a lending library, the breakfast club runs daily between 8.15 – 8.45am with about 25 children attending. The books are available at the Breakfast club for the children to browse, choose one, sign it out and take it home, notes are written in the notebook about the books they liked. Year 6 children are enjoying the responsibility of being Breakfast book club monitors and help sign the books borrowed in and out. It’s a great initiative, thank you!’
“The books from ‘Give a Book’ have been very much appreciated by the children and their families. Books are not always a high priority for many of our families; so it is good to know that the children have received quality books appropriate to their age and level. Teachers have loved the fact that they have had the opportunity of being able to choose books which relate to a topic or an author they have been studying …. which has meant that the children may be more motivated to read.”