The post I wrote about Michael Gove’s policy idea around ensuring children of 11 read 50 books a year had an overwhelming response. Thank you for the comments and the pingbacks and being generous with your time. I had more visits in two days than I’ve had to my blog over a year.
Many of the commenters talked of one book that stayed with them for many many years, one book that inspired them, one book that they treasure above all others.
I’ve been turning this idea over and over in my head and trying to find a way to do something positive with the energy and thoughts about these special books.
I volunteer with Greenbelt Festival (http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/) as their literature coordinator (http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/about/organisation/programming). Every year I get to book authors and speakers who have inspired me, stirred my emotions and fired my imagination. It’s an honour to introduce the speakers to Greenbelt and Greenbelt to the speakers. Greenbelt is a fertile space for me as it’s a collision of faith, social justice and the arts.
Here’s where you come in, dear reader. If you could give any book to a child/young/small person, what would you give them?
I’d like to host the biggest kids book giveaway the festival has ever seen. I’d like to be able to give the children who come to the festival books to inspire them, fire their imaginations, delight them, scare them and feed their souls.
Does this sound like a good idea? Sound like something you’d like to be involved in? All you’d need to do is buy a copy of the book you have in mind and drop it in the post to:
Ben Whitehouse, Literature Programme, Greenbelt Festival, 83 London Wall, London, UK, EC2M 5ND
(Don’t send us your precious heirloom copy, send us something new so it can become someone elses heirloom)
Don’t want to post the book? Come to the festival to the literature venue on Friday and we’ll give away the books we receive on your behalf during the weekend.
- Should children read 50 books a year? (guardian.co.uk)
- “Children should read 50 books a year” says Gove. (benjaminbrum.wordpress.com)
- Gove – “50 books a year?” Give us a break (mundusparvus.wordpress.com)