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easyJet has launched an in-flight library | © PinPep/TaylorHerring/Shutterstock
easyJet has launched an in-flight library | © PinPep/TaylorHerring/Shutterstock
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The World's First 'Flybrary' Lets Passengers Borrow Books to Read in the Sky

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Travel Editor
Updated: 18 July 2017
In a world first, popular airline easyJet has launched its ‘Flybrary’, an in-flight library for kids, both big and small.

As part of its in-flight service cabin crew will now present a trolley laden with bestselling children’s titles for little fans of fiction to choose from.

The initiative was launched with the help of children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, whose bestselling titles include The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Illustrated Mum.

Seven thousand copies of children’s classics including Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Railway Children are now available on easyJet’s UK fleet of 147 aircraft.

The Flybrary launches ready for the summer holidays | © PinPep/TaylorHerring/Flickr
The Flybrary launches ready for the summer holidays | © PinPep/TaylorHerring/Flickr

If any literary explorers don’t get to finish their book, they can download an e-copy from easyJet’s online bookclub.

‘I’ve chosen books that children might not have read, but are familiar with, maybe from film and television,’ said Dame Wilson at the recent launch. ‘I also wanted stories that would appeal equally to boys and girls.’

The initiative follows research by the airline – which polled 2,000 British parents with children aged eight to 12 – where over eight in 10 parents said their children were reading less, compared to when they themselves were younger.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the launch of Flybrary | © Matt Alexander/PA Wire/TaylorHerring/Flickr
Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the launch of Flybrary | © TaylorHerring/Flickr

This is supported by statistics from the Department for Education, which show that one in five children in England can’t read adequately by the age of 11, and that only 37% of 10-year-olds reported reading for pleasure every day.

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