Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives with reading and writing, has today announced that it will gift books to children and families visiting food banks this winter, for the third year.
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, and Macmillan Children's Books have given the charity kind permission to use illustrations from The Gruffalo's Child to help support and raise awareness of the charity's Christmas appeal.
Julia Donaldson said:
Scottish Book Trust has been doing great work for 25 years supporting children with literacy and improving access to books. I have worked with the charity regularly and am very pleased that The Gruffalo's Child is leading their Christmas appeal this year and helping children and families at a time when books and stories are needed more than ever.
The need for food banks has continued to grow in Scotland, showing a 30% rise in use between April 2022 and March 2023. New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that over a million people in Scotland are living in poverty, around a quarter of whom are children.
Funds raised from the appeal will enable Scottish Book Trust to give books to families via food banks and community hubs and deliver more of its life-changing work.