We have teamed up with the Morrisons Foundation to give 125,000 children the chance to discover a love of reading this World Book Day by donating more than 7,300 brand new books to primary schools across the UK.
Following our school libraries research, which shows that children who enjoy reading and use their school library do better at school and are happier with their lives, every Morrisons store in the UK will donate a bundle of 15 books to a local primary school this week.
The partnership will fill the bookshelves of primary school libraries and reading spaces across the country with a collection of colourful, exciting and engaging new books published by Penguin Random House.
Every book bundle will include a copy of The Story of Tracy Beaker by beloved children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, who is also an ambassador for the partnership. Wilson delighted pupils at Shinewater Primary School in Eastbourne by hand delivering their brand new book bundle, donated by local supermarket Morrisons.
“World Book Day is a wonderful way to help children discover the joy of books. It's so important that they're introduced to a variety of exciting and engaging stories, which is why I'm so happy to support Morrisons and the National Literacy Trust to get 7,300 new books into the primary schools across the UK where they're really needed. I'm thrilled that ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ will be in primary school libraries. I hope children have fun reading about Tracy, chuckle at her naughty antics yet empathise with her situation – and then go on to explore many more stories.”Jacqueline Wilson