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World Book Day

02 March 2023

Over 500 primary schools across England, Scotland and Wales celebrated World Book Day this year as we donated thousands of books in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. 

This year we donated 5,500 books to help inspire and nurture a love of reading for over 100,000 primary school children.

In addition to helping pupils with their literacy skills, the donated books have been specifically chosen to cover topics that are relevant for the development of a child’s mental health, their emotional wellbeing and social inclusion.

The UK Government reports that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical, social and mental health into adulthood.

In the last five years, Morrisons Foundation and the National Literacy Trust have come together to donate over 25,000 books to over 2,000 primary schools and libraries across the UK, hoping to give children the support they need to learn and develop, as well as have fun reading fabulous new books.

Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust said, “It’s wonderful to be working with the Morrisons Foundation for the 5th year to ensure children from the most disadvantaged areas in the UK are able to access books and celebrate World Book Day. 

“Through schools, Morrisons are delivering books to thousands of children, many of whom may never have owned their own book before. The right book at that right time could be the spark of a child’s reading journey, and help to develop crucial literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in adult life.”

David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the National Literacy Trust again to provide books to hundreds of schools across our local communities. We hope these sets of books will encourage a love of reading and help boost literacy skills.”

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