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World Book Day 2021

04 March 2021

Pupils in schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales have received a bundle of new books for their school library thanks to our partnership with the National Literacy Trust. 

The National Literacy Trust conducted research that demonstrated reading amongst children has provided a vital refuge for them during the Covid-19 lockdowns. 59% of children stating that reading during lockdown made them feel better, 32% said it helped them when they felt sad that they could not see their family and friends, and 50% of children said that reading inspired them to dream about the future beyond the pandemic.

497 schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales have received a bundle of books which includes titles such as, The Extraordinary Life of Amelia Earhart by Sheila Kanani and The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding. The initiative aims to encourage 125,000 children from local communities to discover a love of reading this World Book Day and over the past three years Morrisons Community Champions have shared out 20,000 books with schools in their local communities.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust said: “We are proud to join forces with Morrisons Foundation to provide thousands of books to children who need them most this World Book Day. Books have the power to change children’s life stories and the books provided through this fantastic initiative will also provide inspiration and comfort during this continued time of uncertainty.”

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