Marcus Rashford launches children's book club

Rashford's back helping the community again after announcing his newest book club, aiding 380,000 children who've never owned a book

Emily Oakshott
3rd December 2020
Manchester United star and recent MBE recipient Marcus Rashford has launched a book club and a new range of literature with the aim of promoting literacy and reading among children from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The 23-year-old Manchester United and England footballer is again making headlines off the pitch as he continues to campaign about issues of child poverty and hunger.

Speaking about his childhood, Rashford explains how important it is for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to books.

"There were times when the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it. We know there are over 380,000 children that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments."

Rashford is working closely with Macmillan Children's Books to ensure that every child can experience "escapism" through reading. He has also produced his own range of books that are due to be released next year.

Rashford's first book - You Are A Champion: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice And Be The Best You Can Be - will be released in May 2021.

This non-fiction book, written in collaboration with journalist Carl Anka and performance psychologist Katie Warner, is aimed at children aged 11-16 and covers the topics of education, positive mentality and role models.

Each chapter of the book will begin with a true story from Rashford's life and will aim to inspire children to "be the best you can be".

It is expected that two further fiction titles targeted at readers aged 7-11 will be released later in 2021.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman has praised Rashford's literacy initiative, dubbing it "fantastic". This complement comes after a recent government U turn on free school meals for disadvantaged children over the Christmas holidays.

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