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OU education research shapes children’s books initiative for Morrisons

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Research into education at the OU has helped to launch Morrisons’ Children’s Little Library in stores across England, Wales and Scotland.

The Open University’s Reading for Pleasure team and Canterbury-based children’s author, Rebecca Smith, are working with Morrisons, the supermarket chain, to make the Children’s Little Library exchange available in every store, where customers can donate unwanted books for children, teenagers and parents to pick up for free. Morrisons will also be donating 50,000 books and engaging local schools and community groups, via its Morrisons Community Champions.

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education Literacy at the OU who has been leading the Reading for Pleasure team said:

“Reading books helps children to start conversations, spark imagination and support emotional wellbeing. The National Literacy Trust recently reported that children who own books are six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age, but that one in 11 disadvantaged children don’t own a single book.

“Reading benefits children and young people in so many ways and is especially vital after such a difficult and disruptive year, as it creates a safe space to escape and learn. It’s been great working with Morrisons to help make the Little Library idea a reality.”

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