Books and reading play a major role in our lives at home we have books around the house that can be picked up at anytime as well as bedtime books that are read each night and sit by J and T’s beds. J is starting to read some words he’s picking them up and it won’t be long before he can read new books to himself and T instead of reciting books that we have read many many times to us both.

I feel that we are lucky and privileged to be in this situation and that my kids have such a love of books and reading already – but many children world wide aren’t as lucky and Save the Children have identified that part of the problem is down to malnourishment.

Save the Children - food for thought the relationship between childhood malnutrition and literacy

This is shocking 25% of the world’s children are malnourished and that makes then 20% less able to read which leads to earning less in the future and therefore not being able to support their own children forming a vicious circle.

It’s time to take action and support Food for Thought – many outstanding children’s author’s are taking action with an open letter to the G8 leaders including Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle and Philip Pullman. Ahead of G8 the UK will be hosting a nutrition summit in London in June we are asking you to join Save the Children and highlight this issue.

This report will form part of the IF campaign where over 170 charities have joined together to call for the G8 to take action on World Hunger.  Did you know that the world already produces enough food for everyone?  That is why world hunger is such a scandal.

If you want to make a difference to this world crisis, sign the IF petition now.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Done that. It isn’t just children in the developing world either. Children in our own country are living in massive poverty as well. Our adopted children were malnourished when they went into foster care and had never even seen a toothbrush.

    Some of the effects are long term. They had reduced immunity to illness, their teeth aren’t very strong and pyschologically they have a lot of issues surrounding food. Mostly that there might not be enough, so that have to eat everything they see. We went on a self catering holiday last year with a group of lovely families. We had a separate cottage to everyone else, due to crowd issues that we have. We had a kitchen with empty cupboards and fridges. My princess got so upset that we would have nothing we filled the cupboards and the fridge up. Even though she knew at the same time there was food in the bigger house and she was being fed.

    Our children were both removed prior to their 3rd birthday, our son was under one. They have been out of that situation for a lot longer than they were in it and have never missed food since but still there is a lurking terror…..

    Thank you for this post. x

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