Today is the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, the annual celebration to promote reading for pleasure all year round. And this year, could you help support a sick child in hospital and help them develop a love of reading?
For children spending time in hospital, either a single visit to the emergency room or several weeks for ongoing treatment, it can be a scary, worrying and sometimes boring experience. Having something to take your mind off your surroundings or treatment is really important.
Not only can this help children feel happier, but it can also make treatment easier and less painful, so it makes a difference to the doctors and nurses treating them as well.
And a fantastic way to take your mind off things is with a great book.
Books can transport you to different worlds, different times and different lives. They can help you experience so many different adventures, help you learn new things or help you navigate your way through difficult times.
If you love books, you’ll already know the difference they make – they really do open up a world of new experiences and by buying a book for a poorly child you are giving them such a valuable gift.
So, what we’re asking is simple. This World Book Day, could you buy a book for a child spending time in hospital?
Whether it’s a picture book for a little one before they can read, one of the Harry Potter series for someone looking for a magical adventure, or some teen fiction for older children needing to know they’re not alone. Whatever you choose, it will make a world of difference.
To donate a book, just get in touch. You can drop the books in to us and we can arrange for them to get to the hospital and directly into the hands of the children who need them.