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Amazon supports 11,700 children across the UK with books and resources

06 Sep 2021


As part of their #AmazonReads campaign, Amazon has generously donated 3,800 copies of A.M. Dassu’s bestselling title Boy, Everywhere to 100 schools across the UK, alongside literacy packs containing resources and worksheets.

The books are being gifted to children in schools across London, Suffolk, Dundee, Cardiff, Belfast, East Sussex and the North East. Many of these children have no books at home and have had limited access to books over the past year due to school and library closures. For schools, receiving these books and literacy packs can inspire them to share a love of reading as a class, taking comfort from the worlds within books at this unpredictable time.

Each school has received copies of the award-winning book Boy, Everywhere, which promotes empathy and courage, whilst celebrating diversity, and has been hailed as '... a story that everyone should read, written with empathy, tenderness and hope' by author, Patrice Lawrence.

Author A.M. Dassu has previously supported the National Literacy Trust’s Connecting Stories campaign, delivering inspiring livestream events to schools in the Black Country and Bradford and supporting creative writing initiatives for children and young people.

The donation, delivered to schools in May and September, is part of Amazon’s #AmazonReads campaign.

We are so grateful to Amazon for their generous donation. Our research shows that that reading empathy-boosting stories can help to challenge prejudice and build connections between us all. We also know that reading has a direct link to wellbeing and there has perhaps never been a more important time to support the physical and mental health of our youngest generation. We hope that these books will inspire, provide comfort and entertain children across the UK.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust
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