For us, giving the gift of reading goes beyond giving somebody a book for Christmas. Because what is the value of a book when you can’t read it? In England almost 25% of children leave primary school without being able to read at the expected level. This can often lead to a child falling behind at secondary school and entering adulthood without those vital skills. So for us, the gift of reading is rewriting that story for children at risk of falling behind due to poor literacy skills and encouraging them to discover the wonderful world of books.
We recruit, train and place volunteers to support children aged 3-13 with their reading skills and to encourage them to become confident readers. As one child said “[Beanstalk] helped me find the fun in reading”. Tidy Books is a long-term supporter of Beanstalk and donate regularly towards the work we do, helping us to create a new story for children at risk of falling behind.
This Christmas we want to make it even easier for individuals to help Beanstalk give the gift of reading. We have beautiful Christmas cards, illustrated by Steve Anthony, author of ‘The Queen’s Hat’, for you to purchase and give to your loved ones. Each card comes with a choice of donation to help give the gift of reading to a child this Christmas: £30 will support a child for one month, £60 for one term and £189 for one academic year. To find out more about purchasing a Christmas card, take a look at our website.
If you’re looking for more ways to give the gift of reading this Christmas, we’re also running a Secret Santa Book Swap. Instead of panic buying another mug(!) why not swap one of your favourite books from your collection and donate to Beanstalk? You’ll get a great book to read and in turn will be supporting a child in discovering the wonder of reading! £10 could buy John in HR a pair of socks – or it could support a child with 3 sessions of reading support. Sorry, John.
We’re kicking off our Christmas campaigns on the 27th of November for #GivingTuesday with #BeanstalkBeanieDay. So pop on a beanie hat, tweet a photo and text “BEAN27 £2” to 70070 to show your support!
For more information on how to give the gift of reading this Christmas, take a look at our website.