In the last 20 years Bookstart, a programme is run by Booktrust, an independent charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books, has given out over 30 million free books and parental tips and guidance to 8 million children across the UK.
The programme is enabled by funding from the Department for Education and the devolved governments in Northern Ireland and Wales, with the generous sponsorship of more than 25 children's publishers.
It is coordinated, resourced and delivered locally via enthusiastic local public services professionals, including health visitors, library staff and early years professionals.
I think this programme and the thinking behind it is an absolutely fantastic idea, and to celebrate Bookstart’s 20th anniversary, I am pledging to share at least 20 books in 2012.
More on Bookstart and the Bookstart 20 campaign, can be found here: