In 2022 every child attending a primary school in Market Harborough, Little Bowden and Great Bowden received a £10 book voucher from the Charity through their school. The aim of the scheme was to encourage reading, by allowing the children to exchange the voucher for a book of their choice.
Trustees were delighted to work with local bookshop Quinns to deliver this scheme. Hundreds of vouchers were redeemed for books, with the scheme closing at the end of 2022.
Feedback on the scheme from parents has been positive:
“my sincere thanks for this lovely gift to the children. The joys and benefits of reading cannot be overestimated.”
“Giving the children the chance to choose something of their own is a lovely idea and the fact that the voucher is for Quinn’s makes it even more special. I hope that this will introduce more people both to the joys of book ownership and to this excellent shop.”
“I am sure this scheme will have a very positive affect on children’s mental health at a time when children’s mental health is suffering and will make many very special memories.”
“The importance of reading for pleasure can never be underestimated and has a huge impact on children’s life chances and mental health. Book ownership is also vital for encouraging a reading culture as well as library use.”