Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has put his support behind World Book Day’s national ‘Share a Story’ campaign, calling on parents and carers to read with their children for ten minutes a day. Every child in Orkney and Shetland will be given a £1 book token for World Book Day on Thursday 5th March, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book.
This year, World Book Day 2020 is calling on the nation to share one million stories through a mass participation initiative. All readers need to do is register their participation and share their story throughout World Book Day month (27th February – 29th March 2020) to be in with a chance of winning prizes and joining a nationwide reading revolution.
Mr Carmichael said:
“This is a hugely ambitious campaign to get the nation reading. Sharing stories together at home or school, for just ten minutes a day, has long-lasting effects on a child’s future. Whether it is fiction or biography, or books about some subject that interests you, I have always found there is a lot of pleasure to be had from reading and despite the many attractions of other modern entertainment, I still come back to books at the end of the day.”