Reading for pleasure is of benefit to children in many ways. First and foremost, it raises their attainment in literacy, and literacy is the basis for all learning. This benefits their education across the board. But more than that, research consistently demonstrates that reading for pleasure makes them happier and more secure people. What does this mean for children educated in Gaelic?
A parent sent us a good set of questions recently about our books and our approach.
Who are we, she asked, and what's our rationale in setting up Cuilean Craicte? Why are we proposing a 'book club' model in which all of our members receive all of our books? Could we not sell the books individually? Could we not introduce an element of choice? Are our books going to be available elsewhere? How does our pricing compare to other Gaelic books on the market?
We would like to share our answers and thereby offer a glimpse of the thinking - commercial and otherwise - that has informed our approach.
'S e Companaidh Maith na Coimhearsnachd a th' anns a' Chuilean Craicte, air a stiùireadh le foillsichearan, eadar-theangadairean, sgrìobhaichean agus pàrantan.