Chelsea Foundation distribute 400 free books to local primary schools on World Book Day

As part of the initiative, 25,000 free books will be given to schools who take part in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme.

National Literacy Trust research has found that children who have their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading.

The collaboration between the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust will help support children whose access to physical books has been made difficult due to school and public library closures during the national lockdown.

Jim Sells, sport and literacy programme manager at the National Literacy Trust, added: ‘World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure to improve all children’s life chances, and we are so pleased to support the charity behind the initiative.

‘We know that children who have books at home do better in school, so we are delighted to be able to distribute such an incredible number of books to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations.

‘I’d also like to thank our partners at Walker Books and the Morrison’s Foundation for making this possible.’

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