Alistair Carmichael celebrates World Book Day in its 25th year


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, is supporting World Book Day’s 25th anniversary today, Thursday 3rd March 2022.

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 schoolchild in the Northern Isles will be given a £1 book token, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day 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 for their educational success, well-being or mental health. World Book Day aims to help more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the life-long habit of reading for pleasure that will improve their life chances.

Mr Carmichael said:

“It is a pleasure to support World Book Day in its 25th year. It is vital 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 glad to celebrate my own love of reading through the World Book Day campaign.

“While there is no bad time in life to pick up the habit of reading, it is all the better to do so when we are young – and still better when parents and children can share in that together. While we have all spent rather a lot of time on our computers and doing things online as a result of the pandemic, sometimes there is nothing better than taking a break with a book.”


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