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Letterbox Club to expand

Letterbox Club, a programme managed by Booktrust in partnership with the University of Leceister that aims to improve the educational outlook for looked-after children by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials once every month for six months, is set for expansion.

With funding from the Siobhan Dowd Trust a new pilot has been set up to enable Letterbox Club to target older children (11-13 years), in 12 local authorities. The selection panel have come up with a great list of books to include in the parcels (see below), all of which seem perfectly suited to children of that age-group. I’m especially excited to see The Outsiders by SE Hinton on there and Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”:The Manga Edition (I wish I’d had a copy of this when I was studying Shakespeare!)

This is exciting news for The Letterbox Club who’s work has been proven to make a marked impact on the educational life of looked-after children. I was lucky enough to work on Letterbox Club earlier this year producing their evaluation report, some printed material and managing an event. They are a great, extremely hard working team who are very passionate about helping children reach their potential whatever their circumstances.

For further reading, take a look at this article on The Bookseller and here on the Letterbox Club website.

Books to be included in the parcels:

Guinness World Book of Records (Guinness World Records Limited)

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (Red Fox)

Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Puffin)

London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Random House)

Orange Silver Sausage: A Collection of Poems Without Rhymes from Zephaniah to Agard, compiled by James Carter and Graham Denton (Walker)

Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”:The Manga Edition by Sonia Leong (SelfMadeHero)

The Outsiders by S E Hinton (Puffin)

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (HarperCollins)

Oxford School Atlas (Oxford University Press)

Oxford Pocket School Dictionary (Oxford University Press)

What’s Biology All About? by Hazel Maskell and Adam Larkum (Usborne)

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