Can reading children’s books help tackle knife crime?

After the murder of teenager Myron Yarde on Sunday, teen author Alex Wheatle on how reading the right books can encourage the empathy and respect for life that might prevent tragic and pointless fatalities


A recent YouGov opinion poll, commissioned by Amnesty International, concluded that more than half of the parents in the UK believe that reading books can help children learn empathy. If that’s the case, it’s a surprise for me that reading for pleasure is not a vital part of the school week up and down the country.


Alex Wheatle