Booktrust, the independent charity that gives free books to under-11s, is to have its funding slashed by half. The scheme narrowly escaped the cost-cutting axe in December, when a public outcry by household name authors including Phillip Pullman and Michael Rosen forced the Government to make a swift U-turn. For our World Book Day- themed radio show at City, I spoke to a Homerton mother and Stoke Newington- based teacher about the impact on the culture of reading for children.
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