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Children and books

11 August 2008

'There is a national anxiety about reading, which is fostered by the Government, which is quite happy to spend large amounts of time, money and effort on the teaching of synthetic phonics and yet not match that with a similar amount of time, money and effort in supporting the reading of books.

There has to be a whole-school approach to reading and enjoyment of books which must include parents. We must find ways in which parents can enjoy books with children. It must be as much a part of the education process as doing science or history.'

UK Children's Laureate Michael Rosen in the Independent on Sunday.