Children’s Books Ireland are delighted to announce that we are working with Key Capital to support one lucky Dublin school, St Enda’s N.S., Whitefriar Lane. Together we’ll be working to introduce children to the joy of reading and to ensure that every child in this school is on an equal footing when it comes to access to books and the joy that reading can bring.
Key Capital’s support has allowed us to purchase close to 200 amazing new books for the school library, as well as helping us to launch the new library today with a brilliant Monster Doodle with Chris Judge and 2nd, 3rd and 4th class. The school will also benefit from a Champion of Reading, Juliette Saumande who will visit the other classes in the school and get them excited and enthusiastic about reading and the excellent new books in their school library. The school will also receive copies of the Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads, posters, bookmarks, stickers, and other resources and support from Children’s Books Ireland.
Reading enables every child to reach their potential, with research showing benefits including improved mental well-being, better literacy and numeracy skills and a higher likelihood of success at school and beyond. Reading can offer children their first opportunity to see the outside world and the diverse society they live in. Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD 2002).
CBI’s inaugural Laureate an nÓg Parkinson noted that ‘Libraries are a marvellous democratic tool: by being inclusive, open to all, they tend to equalise an otherwise very unequal society and are a force for social justice.’ With most schools struggling to maintain a library at all, the gift of a substantial number of books is an invaluable resource, and we are thrilled to be able to support St. Enda’s in this way.