Author“What do you give a kid who has nothing? A book – and a safe and loving place to read it. A book shows you that the future can be good, and gives you the tools to help find it. When I was a scared teenager, my wonderful teacher gave me books. Because of her I never once lost faith that life would, somehow, be good.
As a young child I’d also been lavished with books. By the time I was seven years old I knew I wanted to live like Bunyip Bluegum in The Magic Pudding, in a house in a market garden with all the fruit and vegetables I wanted to eat, lots of pudding, and good conversation of an evening. By my early 20’s I had found it, all thanks to a book.
What do you give a kid who has everything? A book. Every book you read shows you how others feel, far more deeply than watching TV, because when you read a book you are the characters, creating them in partnership with the writer. Books literally create empathy, creating new neural connections in a child’s mind. Reading to a child with love, in a safe and happy place, can be the most powerful gift that you can give them.”