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I am currently visiting primary schools across North Ayrshire to promote the joy of reading for pleasure with our young people.

As a former English Teacher for 23 years before I was elected in 2015, I am well aware of the importance of fostering the transformative power that the habit of reading for pleasure can offer.

Today I started with St.Winnings Primary School in Kilwinning, where I spoke to pupils about the joys of reading and why it is so important and pleasurable.

The St Winning’s pupils are keen readers and were delighted to receive their free books, which is great news. I was able to provide them with a brand new book of their own, in partnership with a range of publishers who, when I asked them, provided these books for free, for which I am hugely grateful.

I wish to thank the following publishers for their kindness and support in promoting reading across North Ayrshire:

  • Abrams & Chronicle Books

  • Acair Books

  • Chicken House

  • Hatchette Book Group

  • Pan Macmillan

  • Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie

  • Penguin Random House

  • Rock the Boat

  • Flying Eye Books

  • Scholastic UK

This programme will continue and will be coming to a primary school near you!


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