Celebrating International Literacy Day 2017

Before I was blessed with the gift of Motherhood, I loved to read. I was forever seen with my nose in a book, lost in some far off adventure or engulfed in the storyline of someone running for their life. I was obsessed with my books and after picking up my first novel at 15 I could always be found in the deepest corner of the library – happily hooked by the words on a page. 

When I had my first son, I could not wait to start reading him his bedtime stories {which I started as soon as we both survived the first three months and the sleep deprivation got a little easier!}. I read to all five of my children and as they grew, our love of books grew too. We developed quite the collection of baby books, toddler books, educational and fun books, pop-up books and books that have been read so many times – that look so loved – they’ve now become part of the family. 

I was sad to read that there are over 5 million UK adults, right now, who are illiterate and who are unable to join in with the joy of reading for themselves – or to their children. Project Literacy is a global campaign founded and convened by Pearson to help end illiteracy by 2030.  

One year ago, there was a woman called Wanda Steward and she was illiterate. She couldn’t read or write. Now? She is a published author! Wanda’s book “The Little Chicken Named Pong-Pong” is a re-telling of the story of Chicken Little. Wanda shared her struggles as she tried to read her children bedtime stories and due to not being able, turned to her imagination.  

The ebook is available to download for free from the Project Literacy website, which you can find here. On that page, you can even find the actor, Idris Elba reading The little Chicken Named Pong-Pong with the most adorable illustrations. Give it a watch and a listen, download the book & read it to your children tonight. It’s an adorable book and I am just about to download it myself – as it will be tonight’s bedtime story for little littlest one. 

*This is a collaborative post.



  1. 08/09/2017 / 11:32 AM

    Reading is so important in our family and I think it’s the perfect end of day activity too. Love the sound of this, thank you for sharing.

  2. 08/09/2017 / 12:20 PM

    I will definitely take a read. As an English teacher I’m pretty passionate about literacy, such an important post to share x

  3. 08/09/2017 / 5:10 PM

    One of the highlights of the day is the bedtime story, although they always beg for just one more

  4. Hannah
    08/09/2017 / 8:25 PM

    I didnt know it was international literacy day. I love to read

  5. Rebecca Smith
    08/09/2017 / 9:31 PM

    I will definitely download it. I am very passionate about literacy so thank you for writing this x

  6. Chrissy Faery
    08/09/2017 / 10:41 PM

    I love this so much! <3 I'm shocked by the number of people in the UK who are illiterate though – it actually breaks my heart! It makes me realise how blessed I am too. Reading is so important! <3 xxx

    • 09/09/2017 / 7:43 AM

      It is quite shocking – and also very sad! I love that there is this sort of program in place to help though.

  7. kirstyralph11
    09/09/2017 / 10:07 AM

    I’ve started reading to my LO even though she’s only 5 months but it’s so important to have that time. I used to read so much before the birth but now I hardly have the time! It’s a shame so many people are illiterate but it sounds like a great programme

  8. 10/09/2017 / 5:08 PM

    Reading is such an important part of my life and has been since childhood I can’t imagine not being able to read. It’s so fantastic to see initiatives that being issues like this to the limelight.

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