Sparking a love for reading: World Book Day donations delight pupils

Pupils received a wonderful donation of new books for their library from the Morrisons Foundation in celebration of World Book Day.

Partnered with the National Literacy Trust, Morrisons’ charitable arm aims to help inspire a love of reading for over 100,000 primary school children in local communities across the UK.

The donated book shave been specifically chosen to feature and cover topics that are relevant for the development of children’s mental health, their emotional wellbeing and social inclusion.

The generous donation will help support pupils in their learning and development, as well as have fun reading some fabulous new books!

Nicola Maycock, Community Champion at Wednesbury, said: I’m delighted that through the partnership between the Morrisons Foundation and the National Literacy Trust, we’re able to provide these wonderful books for pupils at Holyhead Primary Academy in our community.

“It’s great to be able to help encourage children to read with their friends, families and teachers and I hope that they enjoy reading the books for many years to come.

Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “It’s wonderful to be working with the Morrisons Foundation for a fifth year to ensure children in communities all across the country are able to access books and celebrate World Book Day.

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

Reading for pleasure does not just impact on pupils’ literacy skills and success at school, but the rest of their lives. Research from the National Literacy Trust shows that children who are most engaged with literacy are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than their peers.

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK, working with schools, parents and local communities to make reading as accessible for children as possible from all backgrounds.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarket in 2015, with their award grants and charity projects helping to improves people’s lives.