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Last updated at 14:52 BST, Monday, 08 September 2014

Literacy heroes

Books

So many books - which one should we read?

Many of us love to read books and we know that reading has many benefits. So much so, that UNESCO has declared 8 September to be World Literacy Day.

In this week's programme we hear about 'literacy heroes' who have encouraged more people to enjoy reading.

Rob and Finn also discuss how reading has helped people in prison.

This week's question:

The world's longest book is in French and is by Marcel Proust. Translated into English, it's called 'Remembrance of Things Past'. Do you know approximately how many words it contains? Is it:

a) 267,000

b) 1,267,000

c) 10,267,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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Literacy heroes

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Vocabulary

literacy

the ability to read and write

bookworm

person who likes to read books and spends a lot of time doing it

inspires

gives someone the encouragement or enthusiasm to do something

authors

people who write books

capture your imagination

interests or fascinates you

fiction

books and stories about imaginary events and people

novelist

someone who writes novels (or long fictional stories)

dyslexia

a medical condition affecting the brain that makes it difficult for someone to read and spell words correctly

librarian

person who works in a library

characters

people in a story in a book or film

moral compass

a feeling someone gets that makes them decide what is right or wrong

motivation

(here) reason for doing something

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