Inspiring children to read is one of the greatest gifts that parents and educators can give to the younger generation. Research suggests that the habit of reading equals to a full year's advantage at school and casual observation seems to confirm that those who read gain more general knowledge and express themselves better, besides having all the fun that reading provides.
That's why Booktime, a UK charity that works to develop a taste for reading in school children, is dedicated to the cause. The program, which has arrived at its seventh year, has gifted more than nine million books since it was launched in 2006. Recently, it launched its 2012 edition, when it will be distributing 1.45 million books to 731,000 children in their first year of school.
For the launch, the organization put together a fun-packed event in London, UK, when actress Tamsin Greig, who appeared in the BBC'2's "Episodes" series, read from The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit to 30 primary school children at The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy primary school in Southwark.
Antonio Pasolini is a Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy and Elpis.org, a recycled paper bag/magazine distributed from health food stores in London, formerly his hometown for over a decade. He is also a happy herbivore.
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