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The Scottish Book Trust's early years book gifting programme has received an additional 450,000, bringing the total amount of funding for the scheme to 1.5m until 2013.

The protest against Government plans to introduce a phonics reading test for six-year-olds is gaining force.

Around 690,000 children starting school this autumn will receive two free books through the Booktime initiative.

The London Mayor and singer Peter Andre have launched a new literacy project to support three-to-five-year-olds in the capital.

A group of early years experts, including academics and practitioners, have launched a petition calling on the Government to abandon plans to introduce a phonics-based reading test for all six-year-olds.

There's plenty that you can do to be support this vital drive, says Communication Champion Jean Gross, who spoke to Melanie Defries.

Education secretary Michael Gove has partly reversed the Government's decision to axe the 13m grant for programmes which provide free books for babies and children, after the move was slammed by writers including the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and children's author Philip Pullman.

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