I am taking a little break from blogging until the new year while I spend some time with my mouselings, Mr Library Mice and my parents who are coming over from France.

But before I sign off, I just wanted to share with you a very worthwhile campaign run by the National Literacy Trust.

We have not been sending Christmas cards for a few years now, mainly for environmental reasons, but instead give the money we would have spent on cards to charity. This year, we have decided to support the National Literacy Trust’s Gift of Reading campaign.

3.8 million children in the UK do not own a book; that is a shocking 1 in 3 children, a huge drop from the figure of seven years ago which was 1 in 10 children. Book ownership being directly linked to literacy levels, this is worrying indeed. TheNational Literacy Trust has therefore launched the Gift of Reading campaign, allowing children from disadvantaged backgrounds to own a book for the very first time. A donation of as little as £7 will allow this to happen.
Please consider giving a donation, which will enable a child to own what we, as devoted book lovers, consider to be very precious indeed.

You will also receive one of three designs of Christmas card, by Ros Asquith, Lauren Child or Axel Scheffler. Here is the one I chose:

For more information about the scheme, and to read the report, please go here.

Merry Christmas to you all
and see you in 2012!