National Literacy Trust

National Young Readers' Programme

The National Young Readers' Programme (NYRP) involves children, schools and families in inspirational reading events which link enjoyment and reading for disadvantaged children. As part of each project, children choose free books to keep, often the first books participating children will own.

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It ran from 8:51 AM, 8 June 2011 to 9:03 AM, 16 June 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116260)

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One in six people in the UK struggles with their literacy. People with poor literacy skills are more likely to be workless, living in inadequate housing and dissatisfied with their life. Key Stage 2 results highlight that more than 20% of 11 year olds fail to reach basic standards in reading and writing and almost 50,000 pupils in England have no useful literacy. Many young students lack enthusiasm towards reading and have had little exposure to books or support for their literacy at home.


The OECD ‘Reading for Change’ study found that reading for pleasure was the most important indicator of the future success of a child. The same study found that enjoyment of reading has a greater impact on a child’s educational achievement than their parents’ socio-economic status. NYRP motivates children and young people to read for pleasure by giving them the opportunity to choose three free books to keep at three inspirational events.