Marcus Rashford Book Club
We are delighted to be part of the Marcus Rashford Book Club at Blessed Sacrament School, as promoted by Magic Breakfast.
The Marcus Rashford Book Club is a reader-recommends programme created by England International footballer and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE and Macmillan Children’s Books, to encourage and nurture a love of reading in children.
Magic Breakfast offers healthy breakfasts to around 170,000 children each school day, ensuring pupils in disadvantaged areas of the UK start their day with the energy and nutrition they need to make the most of their morning lessons. The joint mission of MCB, Magic Breakfast and Marcus Rashford is to work closely with schools to get books into the hands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds to encourage reading for pleasure amongst children who don’t have access to books at home. A survey by the National Literacy Trust in 2019 showed that 383,775 children do not own a single book.
The Book Club launched in June 2021 with its first title, A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan - a laugh-out-loud, fully-illustrated time travel adventure. A Dinosaur Ate My Sister is the first middle grade title from author Pooja Puri (The Jungle, Ink Road) and was acquired by Simran Sandhu and Rachel Petty as part of three book world rights deal from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton. We have received this first title, and pupils in Years 3 and 4 each received their own copy.
A new title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club will launch in the autumn as part of an arrangement that will see two books a year getting into the hands of children who need them most.
Marcus Rashford MBE says, ‘For too long, the joy of reading has been restricted by whether or not a family has the contingency budget to purchase books. The children who often miss out are those on Free School Meals and users of Breakfast Clubs, who more than likely need fiction, and non-fiction, to escape reality from time to time. We haven't been affording these children the option of reading for fun but that changes today.
Everyone is aware of my experiences with Breakfast Club - it brightened up the start of my day, it stabilised the school day for me, allowed me to engage in reading and allowed me to form life-long friendships. I'm really happy to be partnering with Magic Breakfast to get our books in the hands of children that need them most.
I'm proud to have Pooja join us too. She writes in a way that is engaging, escapist and authentic. Pooja is super talented and I'm a big fan, and I'm sure that the recipients of her book A Dinosaur Ate My Sister will soon be fans of hers too.’