Bookshops across London, Bucks and Oxfordshire have joined forces to collect donations of used children's books to be gifted to those in need.
Fourteen bookshops will act as drop off locations, including this year's British Book Awards Children's Bookseller of the Year, Moon Lane. Customers are encouraged to bring in and donate any books their children have out grown or no longer read.
The collection is already underway and will continue until 11th July.
This initiative us part of a wider campaign by the Children's Book Project to put over 50,000 books directly into children's homes during lockdown.
Liberty Venn, founder of the Children's Book Project, said: "We are so grateful to these fourteen amazing bookshops that have so readily offered to help address book poverty at a time when they have had to work so hard in preparation for re-opening. It says a great deal about their commitment to their communities, as well as to helping every child to discover a great book."
Every book received will be cleaned prior to being donated to over 50 selected primary schools, school food banks and summer holiday literacy initiatives.
Participating book shops:
Dulwich Books, Dulwich
Lutyens & Rubinstein, North Kensington
Moon Lane Books, Forest Hill
Tales on Moon Lane, Herne Hill
The Alligator's Mouth, Richmond
The Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill
Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End
Barnes Bookshop, Barnes
Sheen Bookshop, Sheen
Kew Bookshop, Kew