In October last year I had the privilege of starting my post as Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion with the Books Council of Wales. Without a doubt, the ability to initiate and develop projects to promote love of reading and reading for pleasure is a true passion of mine. These reading projects ensure a worthwhile opportunity to ignite a love for literature, and an outstanding potential to have a significant impact on the lives of children and young people today.
One of the elements that gives me the most pleasure is the opportunity to create partnerships and to collaborate with others whether they are writers, illustrators, teachers, various organizations, and the wider community. These partnerships provide us with remarkable opportunities to celebrate what reading can offer, from entering new worlds, to the thrill of discovery and a sense of belonging. These are critical ingredients, which inspire and drive a positive impact on the well-being of children and young people, as well as shaping them as individuals. These powerful partnerships can enable us to bestow exciting and appealing literature for children and young people, there is a book out there for everyone!