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World Book Day: Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez leads Share a Story campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 20 February 2018

MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia Lopez with former Education Secretary Justine Greening at Broadford Primary school in Harold Hill.

MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia Lopez with former Education Secretary Justine Greening at Broadford Primary school in Harold Hill.

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In a bid to increase child literacy, Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez is calling for a daily 10 minute storytelling slot to make reading with children routine.

Share a Story is a new approach from the World Book Day team, which hopes to take its message beyond the school gates and get businesses and politicians involved in the literacy drive.

Mrs Lopez was inspired to lead the Share a Story campaign in Parliament after visiting Broadford Primary School in Harold Hill with former education secretary, Justine Greening.

She told the Recorder: “Everyone knows about the importance of giving children their five pieces of fruit and veg a day. Now let’s make ten minutes of reading the nation’s new habit.

“Stories need not be confined to bedtime or seen as only something parents can engage in.

“The 10 minutes could be an older sibling reading to a younger one on a long journey or a grandparent snuggling up on a sofa and sharing a story with their grandchild.”

World Book Day takes place on Thursday, March 1.

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