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Marcus Rashford launches children’s book club to spread joy of reading

Written by on November 18, 2020

Footballer Marcus Rashford has followed his free school meals campaign by launching a book club to help children enjoy the escapism of reading.

The Manchester United and England star has teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Books to promote reading and literacy.

Books were “never a thing we could budget for as a family”, he said.

“I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality.” He said reading shouldn’t be for “just those that can afford it”.

The 23-year-old continued: “I wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child.

“There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children.”

Macmillan said the scheme would see a large number of books being given away to children from vulnerable and under-privileged backgrounds.

Rashford added: “We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.”

A spokeswoman for the publisher said it would work with Rashford and charities to “find the most effective mechanisms to reach the children who need them”.


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