'School libraries in Scotland are central to education for all ages, develop a culture of reading for pleasure, offer literacy and numeracy support from Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings through to primary and secondary schools, and enable opportunities for family learning'.

Fostering a love of reading through storytelling and rhyme helps children of all ages and abilities develop the literacy, language, arithmetic, motor and concentration skills required to start education at an equitable level and support improved attainment throughout the learner journey.

Reading for pleasure has a positive impact on the emotional and social health of children and young people, and evidence shows that it improves attainment. Supporting parents to play, talk and read with children from an early stage has been proven to not only assist children’s development, but also promotes parent-child attachment.

A School Library Improvement Fund project from 2021