March 3rd is World Book Day!
Each year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland, to promote the power of imagination and the importance of reading. Through World Book Day, every child in Cardiff Central will be given a £1 book token, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book.
It’s always a pleasure to support World Book Day, even more so this year, in its 25th year. It is so important that every child and young adult has the opportunity to have a book of their own that they have chosen for themselves – and I am delighted to celebrate my own love of reading through the World Book Day campaign. Recently, I’ve been reading Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men – which novelises the real events surrounding the wrongful imprisonment and execution of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali seaman and father of three young boys, who was the last man to be hanged in Cardiff prison. A story of true injustice in our City’s history – brought to modern day life through a book.
World Book Day has been changing children’s lives by encouraging a love of books and reading for 25 years. Reading for pleasure makes an enormous impact on a child’s future – whether that’s their educational success, well-being or mental health. World Book Day wants to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the life-long habit of reading for pleasure that will improve their life chances.