A letter from Dan Snow in The Yorkshire Times.
Thursday 2nd March marks the twentieth anniversary of World Book Day, the biggest celebration of reading in over 100 countries around the world. My kids have loved dashing into school dressed as Vikings and pirates for the day and it makes me happy to see them inspired by books and using their imaginations.
Reading connects us to the gigantic output of human creativity, it’s our login to life. As we reflect on the enormous joy that it brings so many of us, it’s also important to remember that there is a literacy crisis affecting thousands of children in this country: in 2016 over 200,000 children left primary school unable to read to the expected level.
Let’s be clear: reading makes children far more likely to become wealthy, happy and healthy adults, so dealing with this crisis is one of our greatest challenges as a society.
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