- Reading matters because it opens the doors of imagination. You can escape into another world with the most amazing views and adventures – then return whenever you want. Michael Morpurgo can bring you pets to keep without any complaints.
- Reading matters because it stretches your brain. You can learn new words, new concepts, new methods – and then baffle your friends.
- Reading matters because it deepens your compassion. You are able to walk in another person’s shoes, you can share their hopes and dreams, understands their fears and sorrows – think of Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story and Meg Rossof’s What I Was.
- Reading matters because it connects you to writers past and present, near and far. Laugh with Wodehouse and Philip Ardagh, shudder with Bram Stoker, Sarwat Chadda and Jon Mayhew, wonder with Kathryn Langrish and Sitoshi Kitamura.
- Reading matters because it takes you to new places and cultures. You could climb Everest in a wheelchair; then dive to the bottom of the Marianas Trench; learn about Dunbi the Owl from the Worora people or celebrate The Day of the Dead in Mexico.
- Reading matters because it takes you to ancient realms and possible futures. Fancy meeting Queen Hapshetsut and her beard, attending the Court of The First Emperor of China, designing your own vehicles ?
- Reading maters because it’s fun – how else can you enjoy the cracker jokes!
If you feel as strongly about this as I do you might want to blog and tweet about the decision, using #bookgifting and @booktrust and @savebookstart.
Please support Booktrust . Perhaps you might email Booktrust on firstname.lastname@example.org offering support. You could write to Mr Gove and to your local MP. Michael Gove changed his mind about school sport funding.
Read Keren David’s blog for an impassionerd article on this subject too.