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The Little Library Book Exchange Looks to Tackle Children’s Literacy

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Families across Highland Perthshire are now able to expand their at home libraries for free whilst completing the weekly shop.

The Little Library Book Exchange offered at Morrisons stores nationwide aims at tackling issues around children’s literacy and lack of available reading materials at home by setting up free exchanges where readers can pick up or drop off books.

David Potts, Morrisons CEO, said:

“The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone, and we want to help as much as we can. We know that our younger customers love reading but some may not have access to books of their own. That’s why we’re launching the Morrisons Little Library – so every child has the chance to enjoy reading and brighten their future.”

The Little Library exchanges allow customers to bring along unwanted books to donate and all children, teenagers and parents can pick up a book for free.

Books will also be donated through the initiative to local schools and community groups, via Morrisons Community Champions.

Community Champion at Morrisons Perth, Stephanie Duncan, said:

“Morrisons Little Library at the Perth store has received positive feedback from all schools in the local area and on Facebook.

“I look forward to hopefully seeing it grow and would be grateful for anyone with children’s books that are no longer required to donate them to help with the progress of the Little Library.”

Community Champions like Stephanie have also launched the “Little Sunshine” awards which aims to recognise those who have gone above and beyond to assist their community during the pandemic.

Children’s author, Rebecca Smith, inspired the creation of the Little Library Exchange.

Rebecca said: 

“To think that there are children who have never enjoyed a bedtime story is heart-breaking.  Stories change lives. Every child and every parent should have access to that experience. The Morrisons Little Library provides that potentially life-changing access.”

As well as the Little Library exchange, Morrisons have created a new book titled Cedric the Seed and will be publishing 50,000 copies of the book to be distributed around the country through the exchange.

Inspired by the pandemic and how lives were changed in an instant, the book follows Cedric, a small sunflower seed as he is separated from his family and friends. His journey is full of unexpected adventure, friendship, and fun as when Cedric begins to grow, he realises his friends and family were there all along. 

Cedric the Seed has been written for Morrisons by Danielle Corrigan who began writing children’s books last year whilst she was home-schooling her own children. Danielle began writing positive stories for children to read last year to help them cope with the mental health effects of lockdown.

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