Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod met Malorie Blackman, the newly appointed Children’s Laureate, at the Scottish Parliament launch of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.
Ms McLeod was sponsoring the event which was also attended by Bernie Higgins, the Chief Executive of Tesco Bank and Miranda McKearney, the Director of the Reading Agency and Minister for Children & Young People Aileen Campbell MSP.
She said: “As an adult, reading and your choice of books can mean different things to different people – time to yourself or an escape to a different world or time – but that love of reading starts as a child when it can take you to foreign lands, ye olde worlde knights and princesses or to galaxies far, far away!
“It is vital to a child’s development that they learn to read and are given every opportunity to access a wide range of literature to fire their imaginations and the library is an important conduit in providing a free service for everyone.
“Which is why I was delighted to sponsor the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge at the Scottish Parliament, which was the first official event attended by the new Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in Scotland.