Lifeline for Bookbug scheme
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Parents and children at a recent Bookbug event in Mauchline
The Scottish Booktrust is to receive £1.05 million from the Scottish Government to enable it to continue its Bookbug reading programme for young children in 2011-12.
SNP MSP and Children and Early Years Minister Adam Ingram said: "Evidence shows that reading with a child can make a real difference to their development and help lay strong foundations for their future learning. By helping our children enjoy reading during those early years we can also develop a love of books which can last a lifetime.
"We have built up a strong partnership with the Scottish Booktrust through its Bookbug Programme which provides free packs of books to all children in Scotland at key stages in the early years, and through Play, Talk, Read which emphasises the benefits of play, talking and reading with young children.
"We want to maintain that good work and ensure that despite the tough economic times facing us all - and regardless of what decisions are taken over equivalent programmes in England - that we continue to do what we can with the Scottish Booktrust to promote and encourage reading among our children."
The provision of the funding was announced following the passing of the Scottish Government's budget for next year.
This article appeared in Cumnock Chronicle 17 Feb 11