Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is supporting World Book Day’s national ‘Share a Story’ campaign, encouraging parents and carers to read with their children for ten minutes a day.


Every year, World Book Day1 creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland, to promote the magic of books, the power of imagination and the importance of reading. This year the campaign is urging parents and carers to take ten minutes to ‘share a story’ with their children, to revive reading as a national pastime.   


Every child2 in Paisley and Renfrewshire North will be given a £1 book token for World Book Day, taking place on the 7th March 2019, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book (or £1 off any full price book that takes their fancy).

Gavin Newlands MP said: “I hope parents, grandparents and carers in Paisley and Renfrewshire North will take time to read for ten minutes with their children on World Book Day, and every day after.  Sharing stories together, at home or school, in the library or in the park, on a bus or train – anywhere, anytime – for just ten minutes a day has long-lasting effects on a child’s future.


“I am delighted my kids share my own love of books. Sadly, I usually have my head stuck in various boring Parliamentary briefings and don’t get the chance to read anywhere near as much as I would like.


I used to enjoy a good mix of fiction and non-fiction but these days I tend to need an escape when I get the chance to read. When that rare opportunity arises I like to read David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Barrhead’s Chris Brookmyre and John Grisham whose latest book ‘The Reckoning’ I just finished last week, amongst others.”


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