Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has praised an initiative between country singer Dolly Parton, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Book Trust to provide free books to looked after children.
Funds from the SNP government will enable the Imagination Library to provide 12 free books every year for all 3,341 looked after children in Scotland until they are five years old. The programme has seen more than 40,000 free books donated to young Scots, with more set to follow.
The Dollywood Foundation initiative gives looked after children a free book every month until they are five years old.
Parton said: “this is very important to me and I am so proud of our partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Government.
“They love kids as much as I do and share a belief that if we do what is right for children now, they will do what is right for the rest of their lives.”
Linda said: “Reading is such a joy and is so important in terms of inspiring learning in young people. This initiative will help us ensure our looked after children will have the same opportunities as their peers to access books.
“The early years in a child’s life are the most important for their learning so this initiative is going to have such a positive impact on the lives of looked after children and it is a testament to the SNP’s commitment to improving the lives of Scottish youngsters.
“The Imagination Library is a fantastic idea that will benefit looked after children in East Kilbride and across Scotland and I am thrilled at this announcement.”