National literacy charity Beanstalk celebrates World Book Day by launching ‘Inspire a child to read’ campaign

To celebrate World Book Day, on Thursday 3rd March national children’s literacy charity Beanstalk is launching a campaign to ‘Inspire a child to read’.

The campaign, featuring an exclusive new film, aims to encourage members of the community in Dartford to become Beanstalk trained reading helpers and change a child’s life through inspiring them to read. You can watch the film at: World Book Day is usually a day of celebration, with children in schools across the country marking the day by dressing up as book characters and bringing in their favourite books. However, for the children unable to read well it won’t be so easy to join in the fun. By becoming part of the ‘Inspire a child to read’ campaign, people in Dartford can help change this by becoming Beanstalk trained reading helpers in their local primary school.

Malou Bengtsson-Wheeler Area Manager for Beanstalk Kent and Medway: “World Book Day is a time to celebrate the joy of reading and the difference it can make. Sadly, far too many children in Kent aren’t able to enjoy the life –changing magic of reading – that’s why we’ve launched our ‘Inspire a child to read’ campaign. By simply volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper in a local school you can give a child the skills, confidence and imagination they need to succeed in life. If you’d like to change the life of a child in your community, then please get in touch with us to find out how you can inspire a child to read!”

Each Beanstalk trained reading helper works with – on average – 3 children, seeing each child for two 30 minutes sessions a week, during term-time, for three terms. Together they read, play and talk.

Beanstalk already supports over 1100 children in Kent with the help of 335 volunteers, but hopes with the support of the local community it can help even more children discover the magic of reading.

To find out more about becoming a Beanstalk trained reading helper, visit or call 01622 662026

Beanstalk – Inspire a child to read from Beanstalk on Vimeo.