World Book Day 2018


Today is World Book Day, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly reading. The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

The theme of this year’s Day is ‘Share a Story’ and World Book Day is encouraging a daily ten-minute storytelling slot to make reading with the children the nation’s new habit. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to a child’s development.

You can read together anywhere and everywhere, from breakfast to bedtime. That is why this World Book Day, by spreading the ‘ten minute’ message we can make a habit of every day reading with children of all ages.

You can find out more about World Book Day here –


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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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