National Literacy Trust donates 100,000 books to children

National Literacy Trust donates 100,000 books to children

The National Literacy Trust has donated its 100,000th free book to children in celebration of International Book Giving Day on 14th February.

The donation is part of a seven-year partnership between the trust and property developer British Land. The firm has also introduced a Young Readers programme, encouraging 35,000 under-11s to read for fun in their spare time.

Pupils at Peter Hills Primary School in Rotherhithe, south east London, were the latest to get hold of a book donation.

Research from the trust shows one in eight disadvantaged children in the UK do not own a single book.

International Book Giving Day, launched in 2012 and marked in 44 countries, aims to put reading material in the hands of as many young people as possible.