'Discovering Reading Should Be a Great Time for Kids but Too Many Get Left Behind' ; from Ed Miliband to Louis Walsh and the Archbishop of Canterbury, David Cohen Finds the Worlds of Politics, Literature and Entertainment United Behind Our Literacy campaignGET LONDON READING Evening Standard Campaign
Cohen, David, The Evening Standard (London, England)
THE Evening Standard literacy campaign has prompted an outpouring of support from politicians and writers, television celebrities and chefs.
Some of London's most famous names lined up to back the campaign to tackle illiteracy in the capital -- from Labour leader Ed Miliband to X Factor judge Louis Walsh.
It comes as more than 300 members of the public signed up to become volunteer readers in the capital's schools after the first day of our Get London Reading campaign, and our charity partner Volunteer Reading Help issued a statement of public thanks.
Mr Miliband said: "I am 100 per cent behind the Standard's campaign to tackle illiteracy. Discovering books and reading should be a great time for kids but too many get left behind.
"Not being able to read also closes doors for young people that should be wide open -- like getting a good job or going on to university.
"The Evening Standard is absolutely right to turn the spotlight on this problem.
I'll do all I can to support this campaign."
Other endorsements came from celebrities Nigella Lawson and Louis Walsh, as well as writers, illustrators, commentators and politicians.
X Factor judge Walsh said that "whereas singers are born with a talent that can be developed, reading is something everyone should be able to do". He added: "The idea that someone could be held back in their career because they can't do something so basic is shocking. Reading is essential, not least in the music business where kids have to read their contracts before signing them."
He lauded our campaign for "providing children who have fallen behind with one-on-one attention". "Not everyone gets the life- changing chance to win something like X Factor or Britain's Got Talent, and they need reading to gain success in their …
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Publication information: Article title: 'Discovering Reading Should Be a Great Time for Kids but Too Many Get Left Behind' ; from Ed Miliband to Louis Walsh and the Archbishop of Canterbury, David Cohen Finds the Worlds of Politics, Literature and Entertainment United Behind Our Literacy campaignGET LONDON READING Evening Standard Campaign. Contributors: Cohen, David - Author. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: June 7, 2011. Page number: 4. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.