BookTrust Cymru gives over 35,000 free books to children in Wales

Published on: 01 December 2020 Author: BookTrust Cymru

This week, BookTrust Cymru will be sending 9000 free copies of the picture book My Pet Star/ Fy Seren Anwes to families across Wales.

My Pet Star cover detail

This will mean that the charity will have given children in Wales over 35,000 free books since the first lockdown began in March, in addition to the books gifted through core programmes Bookstart, Pori Drwy Stori and Letterbox Club.

BookTrust Cymru has joined forces with a wide range of partners to distribute the books, including foodbanks, housing associations, Woman’s Aid groups, schools and childcare services, to ensure that all children have access to the life-changing benefits that reading brings.

One grandparent who has received books from BookTrust Cymru summed up the impact of for their family: “The books are fabulous and have helped me to re-connect with my twin Granddaughters after 15 weeks of not being able to see them or be near them. They love to read and for us to be able to share some quiet time; looking through the books was such a special moment for us all. To see them smiling and giggling as we read the book was heart-warming and really helped us all to relax and share some fun.”
My Pet Star inside spread
Helen Wales, Head of BookTrust Cymru, said: "We know that some children have missed out on sharing books and reading with their families this year. Reading together isn’t just about improving educational outcomes, it also increases confidence, improves social skills, builds resilience, and helps open up conversations on difficult issues. That’s why BookTrust is trying to reach as many families as possible, especially those who are more vulnerable or who may not have access to books right now.”

My Pet Star by Corrinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw (Orchard Books/Hachette) has been adapted into Welsh by the poet Anni Llŷn, and the free books are accompanied by fun activities and resources.

Enjoy the activities, rhymes and stories