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Should every child be given a library ticket?

Should every child be given a library ticket?

Yet again a report has come out showing that children who have books to read outside of school are well equipped to access education. The study, published in the journal Social Science Research, shows children with access to more books developed a direct positive relationship with literacy, numeracy and even IT skills in later years.

You know this already, though, because it says so in Reading: the Next Steps, [pdf] produced by your very own department in 2015.

In one of several encounters I’ve had with ministers in your department, I provided them with another study, from the US, proving the value of reading for pleasure. I suggested that since the NHS, libraries and schools are public institutions, it would be simple for children to be issued with library tickets at birth, or else on entry to school.

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