Residents of Greater Manchester are being encouraged to donate a copy of their favourite childhood book, along with a note saying why they enjoyed it, to the region’s most disadvantaged pupils.
The Gift of Books campaign, which is a partnership between the National Literacy Trust and Stockport-based business cartridgesave.co.uk, will send books to around 40,000 children in schools where literacy levels are low.
A number of local primary schools, community groups and businesses have signed up as collection points, and distribution is already underway to pupils at schools including Gorse Hill Primary School, Barlow Hall Primary School and Crossacres Primary School.
Launched on this year’s World Book Day, the campaign will continue to run until May 31.
“The campaign is an absolutely brilliant way to encourage children in Greater Manchester to fall in love with reading. It will really help to ensure the next generation are better equipped to tackle education, work and life,” said Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust.