Published: 12th May 2020

Vulnerable families in Bristol are receiving books through a new initiative to support them through the coronavirus lockdown. According to the National Literacy Trust, 1 in 8 disadvantaged children do not own a book, yet book ownership is significantly linked to increased reading ability and reading for pleasure. Thousands of books are being gifted to families via Food Clubs and Foodbanks across Bristol, and also by collection at specific Nursery Schools, Children’s Centres and Primary Schools, supporting parents and carers to improve childhood literacy. Some doorstep drops are also being made by Family Support workers, teachers and the Bristol City Robins Foundation. Over 8000 books suitable for kids aged 0-12 months to age-11 have been generously donated by publishers, charities and other organisations including BookTrust, Hargreaves Lansdown and Phoenix Comics. The initiative is called ‘Stories at Home’ and the city council are looking for more people to sponsor the project … (To read the full article, subscribe below)