MP’s praise for books scheme

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A SCHEME which has supplied reading books to almost 14,000 Rotherham children is to be praised in Parliament.

John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, plans to highlight the work of the Imagination Library initiative during a debate he has secured to discuss Government policy on early reading, to be held on Monday, January 16.

He will ask the government to extend similar schemes to help more under fives – in particular children in care and with parents in the forces and those born in prison.

Mr Healey said: “Schemes like the Imagination Library help children’s imagination and curiosity to grow and set them on a path towards a lifetime of loving books.

“Children whose parents read with them from a young age are much more likely to succeed in later life.”

It is four years since the Imagination Library programme – which sees under fives receive a new book each month – was piloted in Rotherham.

Since then, Rotherham Council, says there has been year-on-year improvement in the percentage of children achieving ‘a good level of development’.