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Mia becomes the first reader in her family

Eight-year-old Mia lives on a tough estate. Her parents and brothers are illiterate so there are no books at home or stories at bedtime. But we gave Mia the chance to attend our storytelling events and choose books of her own to keep. Against all expectations, she has become the first reader in her family and will have opportunities her parents never had.

Watch our video of Mia's story, narrated by Mariella Frostrup. 

If you can read, you can succeed.
Give a child a route out of poverty.

Help us to help more children like Mia. We receive no government funding and work with 38,000 disadvantaged children and young people every year.

  • £7 could inspire a child to become a lifelong reader with a storyteller event and a book to keep.
  • £10 could help parents who are unconfident with literacy to support their children.
  • £20 could pay for a struggling teenager to attend our workshops and gain the skills they need to get a job.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.