Marcus Rashford has teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) to launch a book club to allow “every child” to experience the “escapism” of reading.
The Manchester United forward, who has already received an MBE for his efforts in providing free school meals for children across the country, has not slowed down in his attempts to make a difference for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds.
MCB have stated that there will be a particular focus on providing books for those from vulnerable and under-privileged backgrounds.
‘YOU ARE A CHAMPION: Unlock Your Potential’, ‘Find Your Voice’ and ‘Be the BEST You Can Be’ will be amongst the first titles of the partnership. The books will be focused at those aged between 11-16 and are set to be published in May 2021. Carl Anka, a journalist for The Athletic and performance psychologist Katie Warriner will co-create the books, with each chapter starting with a story from Rashford’s own personal experiences, with a focus on education, positivity, female role models and understanding culture. Two more fiction titles will follow later into 2021 and 2022.
2021 will also see the launch of the Marcus Rashford Book Club, a reader recommends programme that will publish front list titles from MCB’s successful list.
Rashford has made no secret of the difficult upbringing he had, discussing how food was not always plentiful in his household and now revealing how reading wasn’t an option for him as food was prioritised over books.
“I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality,” started the 23-year-old.
“I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.
“There were times where 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 across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.
“My books are, and always will be, for every child, even if I have to deliver them myself. We will reach them.”
Author: Jake Wilkin