Life-changing Libraries

‘Life-changing Libraries’ is Cressida Cowell’s flagship project as the prestigious Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Over the course of a year, six primary schools across England will be helped to develop a reading for pleasure culture, with the support of BookTrust and Cressida. This page will tell you everything you need to know about the campaign for life-changing libraries and Cressida Cowell’s call for the government to fund primary school libraries so all children across the country don’t miss out on the opportunity to read for pleasure and all the vital benefits this chance brings.

The Life-changing Libraries campaign

Millions of children - particularly those from the poorest communities - are missing out on the opportunity to read for pleasure, and all the vital benefits this chance brings. It is inspired by Cressida’s twenty-year experience visiting schools across the UK, where 1 in 8 primary schools has no library space at all,  and grounded in the most recent research into the benefits of reading for pleasure and the challenging financial reality facing primary school libraries.

"We believe that this project will have a significant impact on the lives of the whole school community. It will allow us to immerse our children and families in the enjoyment and escapism that reading can bring."
- Julie Davies, Deputy Head Teacher of Woodchurch CE Primary School

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