On World Book Day 2019, more than 11,000 books arrived in Leeds thanks to a donation from a national organisation, who wish to remain anonymous.
Leeds City Council’s fleet services (managed by Civic Enterprise Leeds) and LC Vehicle Hire worked in partnership to ensure that the generous donation could be transported to Leeds and the books will subsequently be delivered to where they are needed most across the city. The books will be distributed to families, nurseries and schools to support reading, especially for the most disadvantaged children in the city.
Cllr Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, employment and skills said:
“Reading is a key part of our 3A’s strategy, which aims to improve educational experiences and outcomes across Leeds. We are delighted that this massive donation of books has arrived in the city and that we will be able to give them to families, nurseries and other organisations who will ensure that children who may otherwise not have access to books get real benefit from them.”
Phil Mellen, deputy director for learning at Leeds City Council said:
“A recent national study confirmed the link between enjoyment of reading and attainment, with enjoyment of reading putting children over three years ahead in the classroom. This is one of the reasons why reading and enjoying books from an early age is so important and why we are delighted that Civic Enterprise Leeds and LC Vehicle Hire have been so generous with their time, vehicles, storage space and support.”
The donated books include early years’ books for under 5’s, school library pack books for 11-14 year olds, and books for children with special educational needs.
The 3 A’s Strategy will be launched later this year. Its aim will be to provide a clear focus on improving attendance, achievement and attainment to ensure that all children and young people, including those affected by child poverty and disadvantage, have the opportunity and support needed to reach their potential.
Notes to editors:
The link between between enjoyment of reading and attainment, with enjoyment of reading putting children over three years ahead in the classroom, was set out by the National Literacy Trust, 2017.