Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE Releases Transformative ‘Life-Changing Libraries’ Research Marking End of Tenure In Prestigious Role :: NEWS
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Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE Releases Transformative ‘Life-Changing Libraries’ Research Marking End of Tenure In Prestigious Role

08 June 2022 Share


Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE has revealed the transformative impact on the pilot primary schools taking part in her ‘Life-changing Libraries’ initiative, with an increase in a love of reading, motivation towards learning, well-being and feelings of self-worth. 

The key findings in the ‘Life-changing Libraries’ report, published today, describe a transformation in attitudes towards reading, with an enthusiasm and passion for books ignited amongst the students of the six pilot schools and a considerable uptake in the time spent engaged in reading for pleasure both at school and at home. 

Teachers have reported increased attention, engagement and motivation to within in the classroom, alongside a significant improvement in both children and staff wellbeing, as well as a boosted sense of pride, confidence and self-worth. 


“It’s changed the feeling of the school, the attitudes of children and staff, it has changed everything.”

English Lead at Benwick Primary School (Benwick, Cambridgeshire) 


“For years we have been looking for interventions to boost attainment to help close the gap between disadvantaged and SEN children and their peers. The library was the only intervention they needed.”

Headteacher at Woodchurch of England Primary School (Woodchurch Estate, The Wirral) 


The ‘Life-changing Libraries’ initiative, delivered in partnership with BookTrust, showcased the transformative impact a well-resourced primary school library has on a child’s opportunities in life, as well as the shocking inequality currently facing children across England. Over the course of a year, six different primary schools across England were helped to develop a reading for pleasure culture, focused on the four pillars of a successful ‘gold standard’ school library: space, book provision, expertise, and whole-school and parent involvement. 

The School Library Association are proud to support the campaign, and have provided staff with professional training and mentoring as part of a two year-membership.

The activity forms part of a campaign by the internationally bestselling author-illustrator calling for the Prime Minister to put primary school libraries at the heart of our long-term response to the pandemic with a ring fenced, yearly investment of £100m.

You can download the report and find out more about the Life-Changing Libraries campaign here.