Policy and research
Reading for pleasure is proven to combat social exclusion, helps to raise literacy and educational standards supporting health and emotional wellbeing for all children.
Research proves how Bookstart benefits families
Studies show that in families who receive Bookstart packs:
- Children are more likely to regard books their favourite activity
- Parents are more likely to talk about stories with their child
- Talking about stories helps children develop later reading competence
- Children have a flying start in life – and are more ready when they start school.
Independent research supports the need for Bookstart
Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2002) showed that reading enjoyment is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.