Mike celebrates 25th anniversary of World Book Day 

Mike Wood MP reading to children at Ashwood Park Primary School as part of World Book DayJPG

Mike Wood MP reading to children at Ashwood Park Primary School as part of World Book Day
Mike Wood MP reading to children at Ashwood Park Primary School as part of World Book Day

Mike has celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day and the “life-changing potential” of encouraging youngsters to read for pleasure from a young age.  

As part of the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, Mike went along to Ashwood Park Primary school in Wordsley where he read The Ugly Five – the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – to a group of the school’s children.   

Following the visit, Mike said:  

“It’s always such a pleasure to read to local children at Ashwood Park Primary or any of our other local schools.  

“For me, World Book Day is a real marker in the calendar because it’s that time when children get excited about events and activities based around a love of reading. 

“Children who read or are read to every day are not only likely to have a greater vocabulary and literacy skills than those who don’t, but also develop stronger empathy, creativity and cognitive skills. 

“As we know, reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income – and that’s why we want to encourage more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to have a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.” 

Children who read or are read to every day are not only likely to have a greater vocabulary and literacy skills than those who don’t, but also develop stronger empathy, creativity and cognitive skills.