Sidmouth C of E Primary School is launching a new book campaign to replace the school's book collection.

The aim is to raise £1000 to provide new library books for the school. Many of the books in the library have been there for many years, some tired and torn. The school wants to refresh the library shelves with new books to inspire and excite the children.

A spokesman for the Sidmouth Primary School Parents and Teachers Association, (PTA), said: "Budgets are very tight for so many schools at the moment, as they are for many of us, however if you could help us by donating even a small amount to our campaign we would be very grateful for your support.

"By funding books for the school library, it will help our children with being read to regularly, having books at home and in school, having a choice in what to read, finding time to read, having trusted help to find a book and can make reading fun."

The school said that reading for pleasure is the entitlement of every child, but children need support to develop and nurture the habit and love of reading to become lifelong readers. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children.

Reading gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, develop richer vocabulary, visit new places and meet new characters.

Interestingly, reading for pleasure also improves children’s well-being and empathy, the school said. It helps them to understand their own identity and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.

The school's fundraising target is £1,000, but the school is grateful to anyone who donates, big or small. A link to the fundraiser HERE