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Funding to supply 12m children's books

14th September 2009

Twelve million books are set to be provided to children under three years old following the launch of a new funding scheme.

The books will be distributed through Sure Start Children's Centres by charity Bookstart.

Children will also be able to access books at GP surgeries, libraries and children's nurseries.

Books aimed at babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children will be purchased over the next three years using the GBP 18 million funding provided by children's secretary Ed Balls.

Mr Balls said: 'The support given to children and families during those all important early years can have a lasting impact on a child's development.

'All investment in early years is important, but funding that encourages families to read and learn together and improve literacy is invaluable.'

Bookstart aims to provide a free pack of books to every baby in the UK to help inspire them to read.

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